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In the UK, members of parliament are kept aware of what's going on in science through several channels, the most prominent being the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, says The Guardian's Adam Smith. POST gives MPs briefings on a wide range of topics, and holds seminars for them, in collaboration with scientists and industry. Though they are not perfect, these POSTnotes, as they are called, are a good resource for politicians, Smith says.

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The US has sent its formal notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Science reports that a draft spending bill would increase the US National Institutes of Health budget by 13 percent.

The Harvard Crimson reports that Harvard and MIT are suing the Department of Homeland Security and ICE over the new international student visa policy.

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