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Science  23 Jun 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6344, pp. 1214-1216
DOI: 10.1126/science.356.6344.1214

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In science news around the world, deadly forest fires in Portugal highlight the nation's ongoing struggle to translate fire science research into prevention policies, China launches an x-ray telescope into orbit, NASA's planet-hunting Kepler mission gives its final tally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lets dozens more science advisers go, the Trump administration orders agencies to stop using the social cost of carbon—an Obama-era metric—to estimate the damage caused by carbon dioxide emissions, and more. Also, construction begins in Australia on an electrified fence around part of a nature sanctuary, which will be the world's largest predator-free zone. And the European Space Agency gives the green light to a mission to detect gravitational waves from space.