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  • Around the World

    In science news around the world this week, the InSight mission will probe the innards of Mars; an appeals court has ruled that patents on BRCA genes are valid; a federal court in Brazil has stopped work on the controversial Belo Monte Dam; India opened a $12 million, government-backed laboratory to create a new vaccine against HIV; and a controversial attempt to change the name of the U.S. National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Sciences is off the table for now.

  • Newsmakers

    This week's Newsmaker is physicist and radio astronomer Bernard Lovell, founder and first director of the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, U.K., who died at the age of 98.

  • Around the World

    In science news around the world this week, the European Commission wants to tighten its oversight of deep-sea habitat in the Northeast Atlantic, Europe is poised to approve its first gene therapy, the U.S. National Science Board has given the go-ahead to construct the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, U.K. police have ended the Climategate investigation, and a new estimate of deaths likely to result from the Fukushima nuclear disaster has been challenged by radiation experts.

  • Random Sample

    Computer researchers are helping viewers take in the world's largest piece of community folk art, the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg has been printing three-dimensional masks, or approximations, of people's faces based on DNA sequenced from their hair. And this week's numbers quantify two grants to treat HIV and malaria and tonnes of global emissions of carbon dioxide in 2011.

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