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Nerdy Is the New Cool

Michael Eisen suggests that President Obama's science team should take a step toward "reinvigorating public support for the government's role in funding and promoting science" by giving a weekly science address on the radio and YouTube. He envisions the program as highlighting "something cool" being worked on by government scientists or government-funded scientists.

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Springer Nature announces €9,500 fee to make papers open-access in Nature and its family of journals.

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