If you are a federally funded scientist in the US, then you are probably doing too much paperwork, mostly to comply with government rules, but you knew that already. You didn’t get three or four degrees to spend your days this way, unless maybe you're a political scientist who studies bureaucracy. You will never guess who agrees that all that government-required pencil pushing, collating, copying, and cutting and pasting is turning you into a bureaucrat — the government.

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The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

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