The Papal Phone Call

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Francis Collins to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, a group tasked with promoting "the progress of the mathematical, physical and natural sciences and [studying] epistemological problems," according to the Vatican's website.

Other members of the 80-person academy include David Baltimore, Paul Berg, and Stephen Hawking.

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