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Science  08 Aug 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6197, pp. 604-606
DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6197.604

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In science news around the world, the vaquita—a species of porpoise found only in the Gulf of California—is fast approaching extinction, the U.S. Department of Energy unveiled its plan to make research papers authored by its scientists free, the Muon g–2 storage ring is finally installed in its new home at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and Britain's 100,000 Genomes Project gets a £300 million cash boost from public and private sources. Also, scientists descended last week into Wyoming's Natural Trap Cave to retrieve animal fossils dating to the end of the Pleistocene Ice Age 11,600 years ago. And noted stem cell scientist Yoshiki Sasai of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Japan committed suicide in the wake of an ongoing scandal over two now-retracted papers that reported a simple way of reprogramming mature cells.