Volume 250 Issue 5467, 16 August 1974



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    A few hours before he announced his resignation as President of the United States, Richard Nixon vetoed the appropriations bill for the Environmental Protection Agency because he considered it to be inflationary. It was a symbolic last act for an Administration which spent a good deal of time doing battle with Congress over spending priorities. Colin Norman discusses how, for that small section of the population known as the scientific community, which has often been caught in the middle of the budgetary battle, Nixon's last veto was a reminder of what has passed and probably a taste of things to come.

    • Colin Norman
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    Scientists and nonscientists alike are becoming increasingly aware of the need for science to be ‘relevant’. In human terms, perhaps the most important applications of science are to the problems facing the less developed parts of the world, and the need for relevant science can be seen most clearly at times of crisis—such as the recent floods in Bangladesh. But how effectively is science being used in such situations? John Gribbin and John Wilson have been looking at two contrasting approaches to these problems.

    • John Gribbin
    •  & John Wilson

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