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Science  20 Jul 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6399, pp. 208-210
DOI: 10.1126/science.361.6399.208

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In science news around the world, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the first drug designed to treat smallpox, the contagious and often deadly infection officially eradicated by vaccination in 1980; the drug could be used if the smallpox virus is released in a bioterrorist attack or escapes from one of several high-containment laboratories that still keeps samples. Facebook announces it will provide data totaling 1 petabyte (1 million gigabytes) to help university scientists study how the social media platform influenced the 2016 election and U.S. democracy generally. The House of Commons's Science and Technology Committee recommends that the United Kingdom establish a watchdog body to oversee research misconduct investigations. An Intel executive with firsthand knowledge of the barriers facing women pursuing careers in engineering is selected to chair a new committee to advise the U.S. government on its $3 billion investment in science, technology, engineering, and math education.