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Whose Fault Is It?

Americans don't know much about science, says Chris Mooney in the Washington Post. But whose fault is that? Is it the "nonscientists" who seem "impervious to scientific data," or is it the researchers who don't communicate well with the public? Mooney says it's probably both. "As much as the public misunderstands science, scientists misunderstand the public," he writes.

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