News Analyses

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    Australia's main research agency has responded to the prospects of continuing budgetary stringency by redefining its strategic approach.

    • Peter Pockley
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    Research in Portugal has grown apace over the past decade, and the government is reviewing its achievements, problems and prospects.

    • Xavier Bosch
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    By correcting for atmospheric distortion, adaptive optics — despite some birth pains — gives telescopes a far clearer view of the Universe.

    • Tony Reichhardt
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    The National Institutes of Health says it will put $18 million into improving two major synchrotron facilities whose base funding comes from the Department of Energy.

    • Meredith Wadman
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    After years of budget cuts and internal division, things are looking up for US fusion research. At a recent meeting,the community began work on a common agenda, and tried to present a united front to funding agencies.

    • Colin Macilwain
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    With the arrival of devolved governments in Scotland and Wales, British science has an opportunity to build on past experience and experiment with new ways of implementing science advice.

    • Ehsan Masood
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    The United States is seeking to integrate research into two rival approaches to fusion power: magnetic and inertial confinement.

    • Colin Macilwain
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    With the rapidly burgeoning numbers of mouse mutants being produced, Europe's need for a repository and distribution centre has become urgent. The announcement that its mouse archive is to open is thus welcome.

    • Alison Abbott
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    More than two thirds of Europe's young scientists say they are not given full credit for their research achievements. A survey commissioned jointly by Nature and the European Science Foundation reveals the countries with the best — and the worst — postdoc working conditions.

    • Quirin Schiermeier
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    The European Science Foundation warned last week that a proposed European Union directive, intended to ensure that copyright owners receive full legal protection when their work is distributed in digital form, could weaken the ‘fair use’ arrangements enjoyed by scientists.

    • Declan Butler
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    Nature's correspondents describe the increasing attention being paid to bridging the ‘knowledge gap’ between rich and poor countries.

    • David Dickson
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    MUNICH

    European donor countries are becoming more receptive to funding research in developing countries, believing it to be a fundamental component of economic success.

    • Alison Abbott
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    PARIS

    Despite initial pessimism, the Internet promises to help spur a renaissance of science and technology in poorer countries.

    • Declan Butler
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    WASHINGTON

    International scientific collaboration has never been a higher priority for the United States, if public pronouncements by the leaders of the US scientific establishment are anything to go by.

    • Colin Macilwain
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    LONDON

    After five decades of helping poor countries to liberalize their economies, a new phrase has entered World Bank jargon: 'knowledge development'.

    • Ehsan Masood
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    NEW DELHI

    India has learned that science-based innovation has little role in development unless it is socially accepted and fits into the prevailing cultural system.

    • K. S. Jayaraman
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    The choice of a new director for the International Medical Research Centre in Gabon is crucial for the future of an institution which has been criticized as lacking relevance and falling far short of its potential.

    • Declan Butler
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    High-technology industry makes up most of Israel's industrial exports. But leading companies, worried by the government's failure to invest in research and development, are threatening to take this work abroad.

    • Haim Watzman
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    Farmers and chemical manufacturers are bracing themselves for a bitter fight with environmentalists in the coming months over new pesticide regulations. Both sides claim that science is on their side.

    • Tony Reichhardt
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    Japan has traditionally had poor links between universities and industry. The government hopes to change this. But its efforts face a daunting challenge in the need to transform deeply engrained attitudes.

    • Asako Saegusa
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    The tenth anniversary of the Caribbean Academy of Sciences has highlighted both the case for greater regional collaboration on science-related issues, and the political and economic obstacles that can stand in the way.

    • David Dickson
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    Has ‘mad cow disease’ — BSE — infected sheep in the United Kingdom? Scientific advisers to the UK government and the European Commission are calling for research to assess the risks to be stepped up.

    • Declan Butler
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    John Peoples will retire next year as director of Fermilab, leaving it in solid shape. But with CERN expected to usurp its position at the forefront of high-energy physics, and doubts about government investment, his replacement must find a way of ensuring a secure future for the US lab.

    • Colin Macilwain
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    There are only three scientists in Congress, but Rush Holt, former assistant director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, believes he can become the fourth. He comfortably won the primary to become the Democrat nominee in New Jersey's twelfth district.

    • Colin Macilwain
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    Hungarian science has undergone considerable post-communist reform, but the country's academy of sciences feels that further change is needed to allow it to take tough decisions on spending priorities.

    • Alison Abbott
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    The choice of a new director for the International Medical Research Centre in Gabon is crucial for the future of an institution which has been criticized as lacking relevance and falling far short of its potential.

    • Declan Butler
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    The east German city of Magdeburg, long known for its neuroscience research, went through a difficult period in the years after the Berlin Wall came down. But its scientific efforts received a boost last week with the opening of the Centre for Neuroscience Innovation and Technology.

    • Alison Abbott
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    After a series of annual meetings that have failed to challenge the attractiveness of those organized by its US rival, the European Neuroscience Association is changing its name — to the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies — and structure, and has made financial savings. There are already signs that these changes, to be formally announced at its meeting in Berlin later this month, will reverse the trend.

    • Alison Abbott
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    Scientists met industry to discuss the technology of the future under the previous government — and it worked. The Labour government is launching a second phase, reflecting lessons learnt and its own social concerns.

    • Ehsan Masood
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    A tough time lies ahead for the US administration in its push to achieve the two-thirds Senate majority needed to ratify the treaty banning atomic weapons testing. Republican senators are digging in with a complicated set of conditions and will prove hard to shift.

    • Colin Macilwain
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    Evidence heard during the first four weeks of the public inquiry into the British government's handling of the BSE affair points to a catalogue of errors enacted against a background of spending cuts and deregulation.

    • Declan Butler
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    Hopes were high within the French research community when Claude Allègre was appointed minister of research last year. But a good start has given way to frustration with the slow speed of change.

    • Declan Butler
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    Lack of provision in the Biological Weapons Convention for monitoring and verifying compliance has long been a worry. But negotiations for such provision have been given new momentum by recent events in Iraq.

    • David Dickson