The Florida Board of Education passed new science standards on a 4-3 vote, writes Joshua Rosenau at Thoughts From Kansas. Board members rejected a proposal by religious groups that would have teachers emphasize "critical analysis" of evolution, but they did accommodate the God-fearing: at the last minute, they decided to add the word "scientific theory of" before various terms, including plate tectonics, atomic theory, cell theory, and evolution.

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The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

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