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War on Science continues: plan to create science laureate falters in Congress

What began as a seemingly nonpartisan proposal to name an honorary unpaid Science Laureate of the United States in the same vein as the US Poet Laureate has fallen on the rocks of partisan rancor in Washington. The Senate version of the bill was sponsored by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI)…

Ricin found in letter to Senator Roger Wicker

Federal authorities intercepted a letter bound for the Washington office of US Senator Roger Wicker that contained the deadly poison ricin, a Senate leadership aide said Tuesday. The letter was detected during a routine inspection of mail at an off-site facility and did not reach the US Capitol or Wicker’s…