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.