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Science  02 Oct 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6256, pp. 12-14
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6256.12

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In science news around the world, scientists from an agricultural research center formerly based in Syria prepare to make the first withdrawal of seeds from the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, China unveils a Cold War–era top-secret satellite and nuclear weapons R&D facility outside Beijing, the U.S. FDA calls out a genetic testing company for failing to seek its approval before marketing a blood test to screen for cancer, U.S. physicists resume their hunt for spacetime ripples known as gravitational waves, Shell abandons its plans to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska "for the foreseeable future," and more. Also, a new study suggests that current pledges by more than 70 nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will still overshoot an agreed-upon warming threshold for the planet of 2°C. And a cache of bones found in the Alaskan Arctic reveals a new species of hadrosaur that thrived in the region about 70 million years ago.