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Science  05 Oct 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6410, pp. 8-10
DOI: 10.1126/science.362.6410.8

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In science news around the world, investigators are examining why a tsunami alert from an earthquake detection system failed to reach residents of Palu, Indonesia, in time for evacuations; more than 1200 people died. Scientists worry about a policy change by the U.S. National Science Foundation's biology directorate that allows them to send the directorate's three core tracks only one proposal a year in which they are listed as a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI. Argentina's government proposes cutting the nation's research budget for 2019 by an amount estimated at 35% after inflation. NASA moves ahead with a space station sensor to monitor climate change—the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory Pathfinder—that President Donald Trump's administration had proposed to kill. Officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency say they will combine the agency's offices for science advice and science policy in an efficiency move that critics say will make it harder for scientists to have a voice in its decisions.