President Obama declared on April 27 that "science is more essential ... than ever before" for the nation's security, health, and economy. And the proof, he said, is the swine flu outbreak that has killed more than 100 in Mexico and shown up in the United States, though with no fatalities yet, reports the Boston Globe. Obama told the National Academy of Sciences that he is closely monitoring the outbreak, which he called a "cause for concern, but not a cause for alarm." The public health emergency was declared April 26 as a precaution, he said, to make sure officials...

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