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Science  20 Jul 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6092, pp. 274-275
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6092.274-b

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In science news around the world this week, the Australian government has designated 10 million hectares of land in the Tanami Desert as a conservation zone; the U.K. government has accepted the recommendations of a report that encouraged greater open-access publishing of publicly funded research; a U.S. panel has suggested scaling down an agro-defense lab; three researchers received a life sciences award sponsored by Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the dictator of Equatorial Guinea; and more than 2000 scientists protested what organizers called a "systemic attack on science" by Canada's Conservative government.