Vol 332, Issue 6032
This Week in Science
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News of the Week
In science news around the world this week, an ethics commission has called for Germany to phase out nuclear power by 2021, a new vaccine against deadly bacterial meningitis A will be rolled out in three more African countries, fewer grant applications may be funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health than ever, funding for the Australian Synchrotron is up in the air, a U.K. parliamentary committee has warned that budget cuts planned for astronomy and particle physics will jeopardize Britain's ability to stay at the forefront of those disciplines, and rinderpest, which has decimated cattle herds for millennia, has been eradicated worldwide.
A landing card presented by Albert Einstein upon his arrival in Belgium in 1933 went on display at the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool on 10 May. Losing Control, a new film by former biophysicist Valerie Weiss, is now on the festival circuit and will make a stop at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., in October. And this week's numbers quantify visible stars in Orion, the economic impact of the Human Genome Project, and a donation to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
News & Analysis
On 3 May, the Chinese Academy of Sciences announced that five space science missions were slated for launch in CAS's decadal plan, which began this year, marking a turning point for Chinese space science.
The future of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis is in question as it faces the end of its core funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation.
Mariano Barbacid is leaving the helm of Spain's flagship cancer center, the National Cancer Research Centre, the way he has spent much of his time there: fighting fiercely.
The Japanese government's most controversial misstep in response to the Fukushima nuclear power plant crisis may have been the release of guidelines on allowable radiological contamination in schoolyards.
The crisis at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is far from over. Some 100,000 residents who were evacuated will not return home until the reactors are firmly under control.
Failing at quake prediction, seismologists tried making fuzzier forecasts, but Japan's megaquake is only the latest reminder of the method's shortcomings.
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Closer matching of the energy levels of transparent electrodes and active materials in organic light-emitting diodes improves efficiency.
Screening histone modifications reveals distinctive patterns of chromatin marks for liver and pancreas development.
The normal range of physiological and metabolic phenotypes has been shaped by coevolution with microbial symbionts.