In Brief

News at a glance

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  11 Dec 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6266, pp. 1296-1298
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6266.1296

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Summary

In science news around the world, construction on the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii has been indefinitely halted by contested building permits, an ambitious plan to check the reproducibility of 50 top cancer biology papers has been scaled back because of costs, Japan defends its controversial research whaling plan for the Southern Ocean, the Brazilian government warns that the emerging Zika virus may be responsible for some birth defects, a Japanese spacecraft has entered Venus's orbit on its second try—5 years later, and more. Also, the U.S. Office of Research Integrity has a new chief, neuroscientist Kathy Partin. And Science chats with Lawrence Rajendran, a cell biologist who has founded a new journal that aims to give scientists a place to publish single, stand-alone observations rather than complete stories.