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It’s a good time to be an oil specialist. Lucrative contracts beckon both from BP and the US government as they prepare for the obligatory Natural Resource Damage Assessment. But there are strings attached in either case: scientists probably won’t be able to publish their research for confidentiality reasons. Some academics have already declined offers for this reason. There is, of course, nothing unusual about secrecy rules for work contracted out to a private company or…

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