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Science  27 Jul 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6400, pp. 314-315
DOI: 10.1126/science.361.6400.314

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In science news around the world, U.S. President Donald Trump announces plans to overhaul the Endangered Species Act in ways his administration says will increase efficiency but that conservation groups warn will undermine efforts to save many animals. Hungary's budget for 2019 transfers two-thirds of the €124 million budget of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to the Ministry for Innovation and Technology, which many scientists in Hungary and abroad see as a power grab. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS announces the world is behind schedule on meeting its goal to reduce new infections by 90% from 2010 to 2030; between 2010 and 2017, the number fell by only 18%. A Dutch study in pregnant women testing whether sildenafil, better known as Viagra, can help poorly growing fetuses is halted after evidence emerged that the drug may cause a potentially fatal complication in the newborns. Researchers announce a new name for the past 4200 years of geologic history—the Meghalayan age—and assign names and dates to two earlier ages in the Holocene, our current, human-dominated epoch.