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Science  24 Apr 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6233, pp. 376-377
DOI: 10.1126/science.348.6233.376

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In science news around the world, the European Parliament pushes back against a plan to siphon money from the European Union's research budget to create a new investment fund; the United States' new ice-capable vessel, the RV Sikuliaq, passes its ice trials and is ready for full research operations; the Australian government angers its scientists over plans to contribute funds to a new center in collaboration with controversial climate author Bjørn Lomborg; the U.S. patent office gears up to reconsider the awarding of 10 patents related to the CRISPR technique for DNA cutting; and scientists report that the increasing global demand for rubber is imperiling biodiversity in Southeast Asia. Also, former University of Michigan forestry student Doug Scott chats with Science about the 1970 teach-in he helped organize that was a precursor to the first Earth Day. And the United States' first National Math Festival brings math-related fun, from balloon octahedra to the Ooblek Olympics, to Washington, D.C.