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Science  08 Jan 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6269, pp. 108-109
DOI: 10.1126/science.351.6269.108

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In science news around the world, Australian scientists slam the environmental impact assessment process behind projects such the expansion of the Abbot Point coal terminal near the Great Barrier Reef, and Iran offers a new science prize in the effort to become known as a research powerhouse. Also, new superheavy elements claim their places on the periodic table, researchers discover a way to predict side effects of the flu vaccine, and a unique orchid imitates human body odor to attract pollinating mosquitoes. And archaeologist Nicole Boivin talks to Science about the philosophy behind the new Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany.