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Forest Service also sees a cut to its research activities while debate over environmental policy riders takes center stage at Committee markups.
New data from the Mars Opportunity rover suggest that mild, less acidic water once flowed over some of the oldest rocks yet encountered by the rover.

AAAS has named Richard B. Alley as the recipient of the 2012 AAAS Public Engagement with Science Award, recognizing “his decades-long, broad-based and exceptionally effective efforts communicating the best of climate science to excite the interests of the general public and policymakers.”