NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent Technologies this week said that its board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $.10 per share payable on July 25 to all shareholders of record as of July 3. The firm, which announced a $2.2 billion deal to acquire cancer diagnostics firm Dako yesterday, paid its first-ever quarterly dividend in April.

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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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