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Science  07 Nov 2014:
Vol. 346, Issue 6210, pp. 680-682
DOI: 10.1126/science.346.6210.680

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In science news around the world, fears of the Ebola virus have barred scientists who have traveled in affected countries or have treated patients recently from attending two U.S. tropical diseases meetings in Louisiana; German politicians boost research funding through 2020 after months of deadlock; a collection of science, publishing, and software groups is developing a system of "digital badges" to help identify co-authors' specific contributions to a paper; the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Synthesis Report for its fifth assessment sounds the alarm; and the new CEO for the leading Australian research agency gets into hot water by touting spending research dollars investigating water divining, or dowsing. Also, physicist Fabiola Gianotti is tapped to be the new head of CERN, and dozens of Nobel laureates sign a petition calling for the release of jailed Iranian Ph.D. student Omid Kokabee. And plant biologist Uma Nagendra wins the 2014 "Dance Your Ph.D." contest with her aerial dance depicting plant-soil interactions in the aftermath of a tornado.