This week saw the inauguration of a new U.S. president, and researchers were heartened to see science mentioned prominently in Barack Obama's speech . But Science's new policy blog, ScienceInsider , was also keeping tabs on developments outside the United States.
In an update to a story we've been following on the trial of four animal-rights activists in the United Kingdom, a judge on Wednesday sentenced the defendants to stiff jail terms , an outcome that researchers hope will strongly discourage other activists. Meanwhile in Iraq, the head of the country's archaeology board received a stiff sentence of his own when he was fired by an Iraqi tourism minister for refusing to reopen a Baghdad museum . That's just the type of story that might get covered in China's new science magazine , which promises to probe beyond the headlines of the latest findings and explore issues critical to its country's researchers.
It's a new year, and the political winds have shifted. Keep your sails filled with ScienceInsider .