Martin Enserink at ScienceInsider reports that Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the newly confirmed EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation, and Science, spoke with reporters on Wednesday and that she “promised to tackle all of the intractable problems in EU science policy — but she avoided going into details.” Geoghegan-Quinn, an Irish politician, acknowledged her lack of experience in science and science policy, according to Enserink, but maintained that it would be an advantage, say

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