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Chris Mooney argues at the Intersection that the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment should be brought back. The OTA's mission was to be a source of "unbiased information concerning the physical, biological, economic, social, and political effects" of new technologies. The office was de-funded in the 1990s by Gingrich-led Republicans looking to cut costs.

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The World Health Organization will be providing low-cost COVID-19 tests to low- and middle-income nations, according to Reuters.

Nature News examines how the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court could affect scientific agencies.

Nobel Prize-winner Arthur Ashkin, who developed optical tweezers, has died at 98, the Washington Post reports.

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