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The Arab Awakening

Elated scientists joined jubilant celebrations throughout Egypt after the resignation of 30-year president Hosni Mubarak on 11 February, a few weeks after popular uprisings forced President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali out of Tunisia. And with ongoing protests in Jordan and Yemen, the wave of revolution could continue to sweep the Arab world. Nature and our sister publication Nature Middle East have been closely following the situation, the role of scientists and the impact on research.

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  • A unifying cause

    Conference of science journalists can strengthen ties between the Arab world and the West.

    Nature 471 , 410 ( )

  • Line in the sand

    In the wake of the revolution, Egypt should embrace a future based on scientific thinking.

    Nature 470 , 306 ( )

  • Vive la révolution

    Tunisia's nascent democracy, promoting justice, human rights and intellectual freedom, needs to be celebrated and encouraged.

    Nature 469 , 443 ( )