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Last updated: October 4, 2007

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Acceptance of Terms

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About American Progress; Purpose of Science Progress

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Submissions

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Science Progress Community Rules

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American Progress’s Proprietary Rights and Re-Use Policy

In General

License

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Limit on Use

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Revocation in Place of Breach

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Disclaimers

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Miscellaneous

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