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Science  06 Nov 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6261, pp. 610-612
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6261.610

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In science news around the world, the U.S. National Institutes of Health pledges to give a "renewed research focus" to myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, researchers create an online database of words from the highly linguistically diverse island of New Guinea, the German government begins a program to help hire refugee scientists, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declines to turn over internal correspondence in response to a subpoena by the House of Representatives science committee, and more. Also, an Italian official is to stand trial on charges of manslaughter related to the deadly 2009 L'Aquila earthquake. And, in the rainforests of Borneo, scientists spy evidence of the world's tiniest land snails.