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Science  30 Oct 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6260, pp. 488-489
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6260.488

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In science news around the world, the U.S. Congress moves toward a budget agreement that would increase funding for domestic science agencies in 2016, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull names neuroscientist Alan Finkel as the country's new science minister, researchers fly above Hurricane Patricia with a specially outfitted U.S. Navy bomber, a World Health Organization panel finds that the world's first malaria vaccine needs pilot tests to determine how to deliver it effectively, and improved data have produced a spike in global active tuberculosis cases. Also, astronomers unveil the largest image of the Milky Way ever assembled. And a report by Chinese and U.S. scientists warns that China's diminishing wetlands are nearing a critical threshold, below which losses could inflict severe and lasting harm on ecosystems.