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On 13 January 1999, Brazil suffered a shock which, if you listened to some commentators abroad, shook it to its very core. In São Paulo the following week, however, the locals were unfazed. By Latin American standards, a devaluation of 25 per cent (later 45 per cent) was not much to get excited about...
The first global meeting to cover the complete range of issues concerning contemporary science and its relationship to society for almost 20 years, took place in Budapest from 26 06 to 1 07 1999, jointly organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) and the International Council for Science (ICSU).
This NatureGuide to Scientific Opportunities in Spain (April 1998) demonstrates the enthusiasm of the country's institutions — from autonomous regional governments to universities, research institutes and industry — for extending the boundaries of the national scientific endeavour.