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Weekly Science & Politics News Roundup

Reality BaseBy Melissa LafskySeptember 21, 2008 12:40 AM


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• Congratulations to Andy Revkin, New York Times reporter and DISCOVER alum, on winning the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, which is given to journalists who provide excellent reporting on "stories that simmer instead of explode"—though whether global warming falls into the former category or the latter remains to be seen. • DrugMonkey sounds off on the "broken" NIH grant review system. • The National Institute of Mental Health calls off a study on chelation in children. Why? Because it was dangerous and "unethical." No kidding. • We here in Mother Russia do not like silly American "Google." • Is media sensationalism a product of evolution? • No politician is safe! An activist group hacks into Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account, leaving McCain grateful that he doesn't know how to use the Internet. • Which scientific experts should the next U.S. president appoint to guide him? The National Academy of Sciences has a few ideas—and they're happy to share.

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