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Science  21 Nov 2014:
Vol. 346, Issue 6212, pp. 898-899
DOI: 10.1126/science.346.6212.898

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In science news around the world, a virus is the likely culprit behind a wasting disease that has devastated sea star populations along the U.S. west coast, a new strain of bird flu strikes Europe, the U.S. Department of Energy plans to build two new supercomputers, and the European Union gets one step closer to enabling its member nations to ban genetically modified crops. Also, a team of scientists descends into one of three giant sinkholes that recently formed on the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia. And AAAS (which publishes Science) gets a new CEO: Rush Holt, a physicist and former member of Congress, who will succeed neuroscientist Alan Leshner in February 2015.