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Science  08 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6001, pp. 161
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6001.161

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Last week, the heir apparent to North Korean top leader Kim Jong Il emerged from the shadows—and as anticipated, it is his third son, Kim Jong Un. For insights into how things may shake out for North Korea's scientific community, Science spoke with Kim Heung-Kwang and Park Chan-Mo. Kim Heung-Kwang, 50, is one of five Ph.D.-trained defectors known to reside in South Korea. A specialist on computer graphics and simulation, Park Chan-Mo, 75, last week stepped down as the first president of the National Research Foundation of Korea to devote his time to Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, which he is helping establish.