The creation of the Global Research Council, announced yesterday by a group of research agencies leaders from nearly 50 countries, came after a three-day meeting at the National Science Foundation, reports the Nature News blog. Nature adds that Subra Suresh, NSF director, says the GRC is "the first step toward a more unified approach to the scientific process."

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