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Science  21 Oct 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6310, pp. 266-267
DOI: 10.1126/science.354.6310.266

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In science news around the world, a new study finds that hundreds of mammals around the world are now being hunted to extinction, the U.S. Department of the Treasury authorizes U.S. biomedical and public health scientists to freely collaborate with their Cuban counterparts, U.K. scientists debate a controversial bill that would set up an organization to oversee the country's research funding, Brazilian scientists worry over how a pending constitutional amendment capping public spending will affect science research, and world leaders meet in Rwanda and agree to curb the use of hydrofluorocarbons. Also, a silica-rich ocean may have helped fossilize the enigmatic Ediacara biota. And an experiment in the Bolivian Andes suggests that blood cells change shape at high altitude to cope with low-oxygen conditions.