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Science  14 Jun 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6445, pp. 1014-1015
DOI: 10.1126/science.364.6445.1014

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In science news around the world, the Ebola outbreak that has stubbornly persisted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since August 2018 jumps the border, sickening a 5-year-old boy in Uganda; the news is likely to raise debate about whether the World Health Organization should declare an international public health emergency, which could increase funding to combat the disease. Deforestation in Brazil increases sharply in May, with 35% more land cleared than in May 2018 and double the amount in May 2017, as the government loosens environmental policies. The first global analysis of its kind finds that twice as many plant species have disappeared as birds, mammals, and amphibians combined. The European Union names eight sites to host powerful new supercomputers in an €840 million project. Astronomers dedicate an instrument at an observatory in Chile to search for habitable exoplanets in the Alpha Centauri triple-star system, our nearest stellar neighbors.