Nearly three years after Chilean scientists took to the streets of their country in protest of poor working conditions and career prospects, their government has approved the creation of a science ministry, ScienceInsider reports. Gonzalo Blumel, the country's minister secretary-general of the presidency cited the government's ambitions to "bring Chile towards an information and knowledge society" when he announced the decision.

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