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Science  30 Aug 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6456, pp. 844-846
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6456.844

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In science news around the world, nations agree to monitor trade in giraffes and their body parts to help conserve the species, now deemed vulnerable to extinction. A consortium of more than 700 German research institutions and libraries announces an agreement with publisher Springer Nature that gives member institutions online access to most of its scholarly journals while making all papers authored by their researchers in those journals immediately free to read. The president and two faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge apologize for accepting donations from Jeffrey Epstein, the jailed sex offender and hedge fund manager who killed himself; the school promises to donate money to help victims of sex abuse. Citing national security concerns, the U.S. Department of Commerce bars several research centers run by Chinese communications powerhouse Huawei Technologies from receiving U.S. products and software. Scientists for the first time induce Caribbean coral to spawn in a laboratory, which could help pave the way for large-scale coral production in labs to replenish damaged reefs.

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