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Nature volume 534, page 627 (30 June 2016) | Download Citation

50 Years Ago

Atlantic tunas will share with whales some immunity from hunting as a result of a convention on conservation drafted ... by the representatives of seventeen nations ... The convention has been prompted by evidence in recent years that more boats are chasing fewer fish. It applies to the whole of the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas, and the hope is that it will maintain the population of tuna ... at those levels which permit the greatest sustainable catch. The commission that will be responsible for administering the convention ... will be empowered to collect information and to recommend research programmes. It may also, on the basis of the evidence it collects, recommend limits on the rate of catch in the convention area.

From Nature 25 June 1966

100 Years Ago

I refer to the continued proposals to found fresh scholarships for the encouragement of scientific research, accompanied as they so often are by statements as to the lack of trained men in science ... The men who have held ... scholarships for two or three years form a body highly trained in the best English and Continental universities ... Yet we see on all hands these men barely able to make a living ... They are in general men of all-round education, with specialised knowledge in science in addition; they are not particularly uncouth, unpractical, or unbalanced, as popular tradition would have men of science to be. It is this addition of specialised knowledge that ... is the greatest obstacle to their earning a living; they would probably be better paid if they turned their hand to any employment other than the pursuit of science. E. N. da C. Andrade, British Expeditionary Forces

From Nature 29 June 1916

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