Vol 340, Issue 6138
This Week in Science
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News of the Week
In science news around the world, the Nobel Prize is to get a new home in Stockholm, the U.S. Office for Human Research Protections has shelved its decision to sanction the leaders of a controversial clinical trial on premature infants, China and the United States have agreed to cuts in atmospheric warming chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons, and Italian researchers gathered in a flash mob to protest misinformation about science.
The Max Planck Society selected a new president, chemist Martin Stratmann. And Science interviews David Altshuler of the Broad Institute, who is leading the planning to create a global alliance of research, health care, and patient advocacy organizations to help researchers securely share genome sequences and clinical information.
News & Analysis
Last week's disclosures that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting cell phone records and Internet data came as no surprise to experts in network analysis, who say that the type of data crunching NSA is engaged in—identifying social groups from connections among people—is business as usual at several private companies.
To move an experiment from Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York state to Fermilab in Illinois, particle physicists are sending a massive but delicate piece of equipment called a storage ring on a 6-week barge trip down the U.S. Atlantic coast and up the Mississippi River.
Big Science came to solid-Earth studies when the $400 million EarthScope program offered a sharper view of the interior that could help geologists; it's working, mostly.
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From their examination of the historical record, the authors argue that the extant lion and cheetah populations of India are not native but the results of animals imported by royalty for sport.
- Hydrogen Isotopes in Lunar Volcanic Glasses and Melt Inclusions Reveal a Carbonaceous Chondrite Heritage
Hydrogen isotope ratios in lunar samples imply a common origin for Earth’s and the Moon’s water.
Low or high concentrations of sodium chloride activate distinct receptor pathways and, hence, elicit attractive or aversive responses.
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