Many Factors to Weigh

Over at the Guardian, Chris Tyler, the director of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology in the UK, tries to clear up misconceptions that scientists may hold about policy-making and policymakers. "When scientists moan about how little politicians know about science, I usually get annoyed," he says.

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