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Science  25 Sep 2015:
Vol. 349, Issue 6255, pp. 1426-1428
DOI: 10.1126/science.349.6255.1426

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In science news around the world, the U.S. government decides against declaring the greater sage grouse an endangered species, a European Space Agency committee endorses the FLuorescence EXplorer as the agency's next mission, a U.K. researcher applies to edit the genes of human embryos, a U.S. National Academies panel wants Congress to create a new entity to oversee federal policies that affect academic research, the 2015 Ig Nobel Prizes are awarded, and more. Also, President Barack Obama nominates veteran heart researcher Robert Califf to be head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Pope Francis selects Jesuit brother Guy Consolmagno to lead the Vatican Observatory, and lawyer Christopher Pyne is sworn in as Australia's science minister. And artist Kindra Crick, granddaughter of molecular biologist Francis Crick, talks with Science about the DNA sculpture she created for an upcoming auction to raise money for the London-based Francis Crick Institute.