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U.K. Scientists Welcome New Policy on Animal Research

07 Feb 2014

Credit: OJO Images/Rex Features
Credit: OJO Images/Rex Features

The number of live animals used in the United Kingdom for scientific research will not be capped, the British government announced today. Instead, a policy document unveiled this morning says the government will only "encourage" researchers to use alternatives whenever possible. The number of animal experiments has been on the rise in recent years in the United Kingdom, as it has in many other countries. ---> Keep reading

Putin backs physics institute merger

Sept. issue, PhysicsWorld print ed.

(Credit: National Research Centre)
(Credit: National Research Centre)

The Russian government has unveiled a plan to consolidate 15 of the country's largest physics institutes into a single organization. Russian president Vladimir Putin has welcomed the move, with a law due to be drawn up by 1 September by the Russian parliament as Physics World went to press. However, many physicists have been taken aback by the step and worry that the merger could threaten the independence of their research.

Russian Academy of Sciences fights for survival

August issue, PhysicsWorld print ed.

(Credit: Alex Florstein)
(Credit: Alex Florstein)

Plans to merge the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) with two smaller academies and let it be bun by a government agency have been shelved following an outcry from scientsts who threatened to boycott any new merged academy. In the wake of the protests, Russia's parliament - the Duma - has now postponed the vite, giving the RAS at least another three years of of autonomy.



Russia's anti-internet piracy law faces backlash

31 July 2013

President Putin signed the anti-piracy bill into law last month (Credit: Getty Images)
President Putin signed the anti-piracy bill into law last month (Credit: Getty Images)

It's championed by some as a new weapon to defend content-makers, decried by others as a blunt tool that could extend censorship of the net.

One thing's for sure - Russia's new anti-piracy law is proving controversial.

"Access to online content should be free and global, because it is people's right to freely receive and distribute information, as well as it is their right to consume art," says Natalia Malysheva, of the Russian Pirate Party. ---> Keep reading

The Emissions Quartet: Report Outlines Four Climate Actions Nations Can Take Now

11 June 2013

Governments shouldn't wait for a proposed international climate deal to take hold in 2020—they can take four steps right away to curb carbon emissions, argues a new report from a global energy think tank. By implementing the quartet of policies by 2015, nations could buy "precious time while international climate negotiations continue," says economist Fatih Birol, the lead author of a report released here yesterday by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

At a U.N. meeting now under way in Bonn, envoys are discussing a climate change agreement that they hope to strike by 2015 and put into action in 2020. But average global temperatures will increase dramatically if nations just sit and wait until then, concludes the report, Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map. ---> Keep reading

Science Campaigners Celebrate New Libel Law for England and Wales


25 April 2013

Scientists campaigning for libel law reform in England and Wales have a reason to celebrate. A new Defamation Bill that advocates say will help protect free speech—including statements included in peer-reviewed scientific publications—on Wednesday received the go-ahead from Parliament after several months of ping-pong between the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

The bill aims to "ensure that a fair balance is struck between the right to freedom of expression and the protection of reputation," according to the Parliament's summary of the bill.

Under current English law, plaintiffs alleging spoken defamation or published libel must meet a relatively low bar to get into court: They need only show that a public statement might inflict reputational damage. ---> Keep reading

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