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Science  09 Feb 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6376, pp. 614-616
DOI: 10.1126/science.359.6376.614

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In science news around the world, statisticians and U.S. congressional representatives criticize a move by Puerto Rico to transfer many functions of an independent statistical agency to the private sector. SpaceX launches the Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V, opening new opportunities in astronomy and space exploration. Turkey arrests doctors who called its assaults on Kurdish militants in Syria "a man-made public health problem." Cuba's science adviser, Fidel Castro Díaz-Balart, the eldest son of Fidel Castro, commits suicide following treatment for depression. U.S. President Donald Trump's highly controversial nominee to lead a key White House environmental panel removes herself from consideration. And the flu hits the United States hard, as the percentage of outpatient visits for influenzalike illness spikes to the third highest in the past 15 years.