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Science  16 Apr 2021:
Vol. 372, Issue 6539, pp. 218-219
DOI: 10.1126/science.372.6539.218

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In science news around the world, Japan says it will gradually release 1.25 million tons of treated radioactive water from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean after treating it, as critics worry about health and environmental risks. The gender gap in authorship of COVID-19 research articles was most pronounced early in the pandemic but has narrowed, a study shows. Scientists are criticizing New York's plan to eliminate one of the United States's few state-level programs to fund stem cell research. A top-level U.S. science advisory panel concludes it's extremely unlikely that brain "organoids" or animal brains transplanted with human neural cells will experience humanlike consciousness or pain anytime soon; the panel's report calls current oversight bodies and policies adequate.

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