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Science  13 Jul 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6398, pp. 112-114
DOI: 10.1126/science.361.6398.112

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In science news around the world, Andrew Wheeler, a former energy industry lobbyist and U.S. Senate aide, becomes acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, replacing Scott Pruitt, who resigned after becoming engulfed in ethics scandals. The London-based charity Wellcome Trust, the world's second biggest private funder of medical research, announces it will provide £250 million for unconventional research that could transform science or health. Puerto Rico backs away from a controversial plan to eliminate the Puerto Rican Institute of Statistics, the agency that vets data and statistical analyses about the island. The Russian carrier AirBridgeCargo Airlines announces it will no longer transport nonhuman primates for research purposes, leaving Air France as the only major airline still carrying the animals. Researchers report finding stone tools in China that indicate hominins lived there more than 2 million years ago, which may push back the earliest dates for hominins residing outside Africa by 250,000 years.