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March highlights questions about benefits of science

11:30am, May 3, 2017

On April 22, tens of thousands of scientists and science enthusiasts marched for science in Washington, D.C., and in other cities around the globe. Many participants expressed overtly political messages, but, as Science News reported live via Twitter from the National Mall, many marchers also focused on how much they value science. People gathered en masse in part to recognize science as a fruitful and worthy endeavor that has improved lives — and thus is deserving of society’s support.

I suspect most Science News readers would agree with that message. It’s easy to list examples of how science has

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