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  • [Editorial] Science diplomacy with Cuba
    [Jun 2014]

    Over a century ago, interactions between a Cuban scientist, Carlos Finlay, and a U.S. scientist, Jesse Lazear, led to an understanding of the role of the mosquito in transmitting yellow fever and to the development of effective countermeasures. Today, new infectious diseases confront both Cuba and the United States, but a longstanding diplomatic breach between the two nations now makes such valuable joint research more complicated, if not impossible. It is time for both governments to reconsider the rules that stand in the way of scientific collaboration, before a potentially deadly outbreak spreads through both countries and beyond. In particular, the U.S. government can make a relatively straightforward change to rules that would make collaboration much easier. Authors: Gerald R. Fink, Alan I. Leshner, Vaughan C. Turekian
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  • [In Brief] This Week's Section
    [Jun 2014]

    Follow the links below for a roundup of the week's top stories in science, or download a PDF of the entire section. Random SamplesAround the WorldNewsmakers
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  • [In Brief] Random Sample
    [Jun 2014]

    Zebrafish fins, an immune cell swallowing an anthrax bacterium, spiky pollen grains, patterned muscle fibers—these are some of the tiny structures made large in a new exhibit of microscope portraits, Life: Magnified, now at Washington Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C.
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  • [In Brief] Around the World
    [Jun 2014]

    In science news around the world, SpaceX unveils its new manned capsule that it hopes will ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative's aim to stop transmission of the virus in 2014 is at risk, Australia's national research organization will shutter eight facilities in the wake of an austerity budget, and more.
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  • [In Brief] Newsmakers
    [Jun 2014]

    Computational biologist David van Dijk talks with Science about his new mathematical career model based on a scientist's publication record—which, he says, can foretell the researcher's odds of becoming principal investigator of a research group. And documents detailing Harvard University's investigation of psychologist Marc Hauser, who in 2012 was found to have engaged in research misconduct, are released.
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  • [In Depth] Kickoff looms for demo of brain-controlled machine
    [Jun 2014]

    Brazilian neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis defends his plans to show off a thought-directed exoskeleton at the World Cup. Author: Kelly Servick
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  • [In Depth] A bold baby step on emissions
    [Jun 2014]

    But U.S. curbs alone won't slow warming. Author: Eli Kintisch
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  • [In Depth] Lengthy RNAs earn respect as cellular players
    [Jun 2014]

    A few of these molecules are clearly important, but just how many? Author: Elizabeth Pennisi
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  • [In Depth] Gearing up for a closer look at the human placenta
    [Jun 2014]

    Workshop participants build an agenda for research on this oft-ignored bridge between mother and fetus. Author: Jocelyn Kaiser
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  • [In Depth] Solar furnace rises from the Soviet ashes in Central Asia
    [Jun 2014]

    Clean, intense heat once exploited in military research now forges new optical materials and superconductors. Author: Richard Stone
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  • [Feature] Minority voice
    [Jun 2014]

    Richard Tapia has prepared generations of minority students for academic jobs, but he says they still aren't welcome. Author: Jeffrey Mervis
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  • [Feature] The killing ground
    [Jun 2014]

    Clues from a German coal mine show how early hunters lived, 300,000 years ago, and how their prey died. Author: Michael Balter
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  • [Perspective] Change is coming to the northern oceans
    [Jun 2014]

    Cod and pollock abundances and distributions shift as climate and ocean conditions change Authors: Anne B. Hollowed, Svein Sundby
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  • [Perspective] Speed metal
    [Jun 2014]

    Meteorite dating reveals that planetary core formation is a relatively fast process. [Also see Report by Kruijer et al.] Author: Tim Elliott
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  • [Perspective] Memories—getting wired during sleep
    [Jun 2014]

    Sleep gives dendritic spines staying power. [Also see Report by Yang et al.] Authors: David R. Euston, Hendrik W. Steenland
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  • [Perspective] Just add aerosols
    [Jun 2014]

    Data from clean regions of the atmosphere show how little aerosol is needed to change clouds. [Also see Report by Koren et al.] Author: Lorraine A. Remer
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  • [Policy Forum] EU agricultural reform fails on biodiversity
    [Jun 2014]

    Extra steps by Member States are needed to protect farmed and grassland ecosystems Authors: G. Pe'er, L. V. Dicks, P. Visconti, R. Arlettaz, A. Báldi, T. G. Benton, S. Collins, M. Dieterich, R. D. Gregory, F. Hartig, K. Henle, P. R. Hobson, D. Kleijn, R. K. Neumann, T. Robijns, J. Schmidt, A. Shwartz, W. J. Sutherland, A. Turbé, F. Wulf, A. V. Scott
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  • [Perspective] Energy at life's origin
    [Jun 2014]

    Analysis of the bioenergetics of primitive organisms suggests that life began at hydrothermal vents Authors: William F. Martin, Filipa L. Sousa, Nick Lane
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  • [Perspective] Disrupting dissolving ions at surfaces with fluid flow
    [Jun 2014]

    Flowing solvent over a surface can dramatically change the rate of surface reactions and influence water structure. [Also see Report by Lis et al.] Author: Glenn A. Waychunas
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  • [Perspective] Best practices for biofuels
    [Jun 2014]

    Data-based standards should guide biofuel production Authors: Heather Youngs, Chris Somerville
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