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Science  17 May 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6441, pp. 614-615
DOI: 10.1126/science.364.6441.614

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In science news around the world, a first-ever United Nations report concludes that rising demand for sand for use in construction is overtaxing supply and recommends ways to reduce harmful environmental impacts of sand mining. The Wellcome Trust, a charity based in London, announces it will spend £80 million over 7 years on antivenom research and other efforts to reduce deaths from snakebites, which kill as many as 138,000 people every year. California will ban chlorpyrifos, a major agricultural insecticide, because of the risk it poses to brain development in fetuses and infants who are exposed near farms. Nanomedicine pioneer Mauro Ferrari is named the next president of the funding organization the European Research Council for a 4-year term beginning in January 2020, succeeding mathematician Jean-Pierre Bourguignon. NASA asks Congress for $1.1 billion in additional funding this year for its accelerated plan to return astronauts to the moon's surface by 2024.