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Science  16 Mar 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6381, pp. 1196-1198
DOI: 10.1126/science.359.6381.1196

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In science news around the world, China announces a major reorganization of its science agencies, and an Italian company funds work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge to create a compact, economical fusion energy reactor. NASA's acting administrator, Robert Lightfoot, announces his retirement as Congress remains divided over approving a permanent head for the agency. Columbia University dismisses prominent neuroscientist Tom Jessell for what it called "serious violations" of its policies. Experts identify a nerve agent used to attack a former Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom. A French court rules that the national government hasn't done enough to protect the country's fragile population of brown bears. And a network of laboratories and clinics across Africa receives a €10 million starting grant to prepare for "disease X," an as-yet-unknown disease that could cause the next pandemic.