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Science  22 Feb 2019:
Vol. 363, Issue 6429, pp. 796-798
DOI: 10.1126/science.363.6429.796

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In science news around the world, the U.S. government enacts a spending bill that boosts the 2019 budgets of several U.S. research agencies; among other measures, it preserves a NASA infrared space telescope under construction that President Donald Trump's administration wanted to cancel. Pioneering climate scientist Wallace Broecker, who popularized the term "global warming," dies. More than 1000 scientists and their supporters surround the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest to protest the government's decision to move money slated for the academy's operating costs into a general grant program, forcing its institutes to apply for funds to keep the lights on. A group of breast surgeons suggests all patients diagnosed with breast cancer be offered genetic testing, regardless of family history. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, which first detected gravitational waves, will get a $35 million sprucing up to increase its sensitivity. A U.K. satellite fires a pen-size harpoon into a book-size target, demonstrating a technique that eventually could reduce space junk orbiting Earth.