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Science  13 Mar 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6227, pp. 1180-1182
DOI: 10.1126/science.347.6227.1180

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In science news around the world, Australian facilities face potential shutdowns as budget politics threaten their funding; two reports are calling for drastic and urgent reforms at Europe's massive, embattled Human Brain Project; the U.S. Department of Agriculture promises better oversight of farm animal care at its facilities; and the Square Kilometer Array announces the final plans for the first phase of the project, set to begin construction in 2018. Also, the €1 million Brain Prize goes to four developers of the imaging technique two-photon microscopy. And the heads of both Japan's national lab network RIKEN and the National Cancer Institute have stepped down this week.