SCI COMMUNIn science news around the world, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the first drug to prevent migraine headaches. Swedish universities and research institutes cancel their contract with academic publishing giant Elsevier after seeking "sustainable" pricing and open access to all papers published by their researchers. Spending panels in the U.S. Congress begin drawing up appropriations bills for 2019 that generally reject President Donald Trump's requests for cuts to science programs and instead specify several increases for the fiscal year that begins 1 October. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization, elects cancer epidemiologist Elisabete Weiderpass, a member of IARC's scientific council, as its new director. The Russian government splits the former Ministry of Education and Science and creates a Ministry for Science and Higher Education, to be led by Mikhail Kotyukov, a former head of the Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations.
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On 10 July, researchers in Chile will unveil an online public random number service. Later in July, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will launch its Randomness Beacon as a permanent service, upgrading a pilot program that began in 2013. Brazil, too, is planning ... more
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) commits its 196 nation parties to conserve biological diversity, use its components sustainably, and share fairly and equitably the benefits from the utilization of genetic resources. The last of these objectives was further codified in the Conve ... more
Solar windows turn some of the light shining through into electricity. They've been on the market for years. But many of these windows absorb some visible light, leaving them with a reddish or brownish hue, a trait frowned on by architects. Now, new versions are on the way that absorb invis ... more
Merck announced it was ranked fourth among biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies worldwide by Science magazine, a leading peer-reviewed international scientific publication. This ranking marks the fourth year in a row Merck was named one of the top 20 employers in the healthcare and li ... more
Merck announced it was named number 11 among the top 20 employers in the global biopharmaceutical industry by Science magazine, a leading peer-reviewed international scientific publication. This is the third year in a row that Merck, including EMD Serono in the United States, has been named ... more