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Science  28 Feb 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6481, pp. 960-961
DOI: 10.1126/science.367.6481.960

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In science news around the world, ministries in China say that Chinese universities should de-emphasize publication citations when evaluating scientific research, a striking shift from a long-standing preference in Chinese academe for relying on citations when deciding whether to promote faculty members or award degrees. The United Kingdom has a new science minister—the fourth in 1 year—and the position has been downgraded. China declares an immediate, "comprehensive" ban on illegal trading of wild animals, a practice believed responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak. A U.S. federal jury awards a peach farmer in Missouri a $265 million verdict against agrochemical giants Bayer and BASF, finding that a widely used herbicide damaged his trees. The United Kingdom's Met Office will build what would be the world's fastest supercomputer for weather prediction, while the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also plans a major upgrade to computing facilities that support its weather model.

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