Welcome to issue 39 of Science in School. Understand how scientists hunt for astroparticles, be inspired by a group of LGBT scientists and teach about the science of energy drinks.

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The FEBS News issue introduces our big event of 2017, and features a few of the outstanding researchers lined up as speakers. We hope you will join us in September for this wonderful opportunity for face to face exchange of knowledge and ideas across the molecular life sciences!

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Science Connect marks the next phase of ESF's role in supporting science within the European Research Area. It has been born out of deep understanding of the science landscape, funding context and needs of the research community at this critical juncture.

Their suite of services includes: Peer Review; Evaluation; Career Tracking; Programme and Project Management and Administration; and the hosting of Expert Boards and Virtual Institutes. All delivered by a highly qualified, international and interdisciplinary team, with access to an invaluable network of international academics, science policy experts, key decision-makers and stakeholders.

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We invite you to join us in September at FEBS 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. Play an active part in the scientific programme by submitting your abstract and presenting your work at the event. Submitted abstracts can be considered for oral presentation (as 'short talks' in the Symposia or as 'speed talks') and for poster presentation.

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Dr. Mercedes Ricote (Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares, CNIC, Madrid, Spain) is looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated candidates to apply to the "Juan de la Cierva 2016" call, financed by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (http://www.micinn.es/). The successful candidate will work in a project focused on deciphering the role of nuclear receptors in metabolic and cardiovascular disease. A combination of biochemical, cellular and in vivo model systems will be used, including tissue-specific knockout mice, genome-wide analysis, in vivo imaging and bioinformatic approaches.

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DLSP Director's Corner (Include Issue 4): In this time of political turmoil in the U.S., it is probably a good idea to consider the role of politics on biomedical scientific research. Does it make a difference to the science community which political party is in control of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue or Capitol Hill? These are issues we examine in Policy Talk.

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The Security & Sustainability Guide (S&SG), in preparation since 2014 by the World Academy of Art and Science, already identifies 1,531 organizations concerned with some or all aspects of "security" (including arms control, terrorism, conflict, peacekeeping, cyber-terrorism, and human security) and/or "sustainability" (including climate change, sustainable development, biodiversity, low- or no-carbon economies, green business and economics, and new human-centered paradigms). Existing organizations continue to be identified and more are being created, so the total number in the Guide will certainly continue to rise.
The S&SG is a response to the fact that the scope of fundamental challenges facing humanity and the planet is greatly understated and therefore underappreciated, and that people and nations can be neither secure if unsustainable, nor sustainable if insecure.

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On Tuesday 15th November, EARA's Executive Director Kirk Leech took part in a panel discussion at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Annual Meeting in San Diego, USA. The discussion was organised by Mar Sanchez, chair of SfN's Committee on Animals in Research (CAR) with the support of the National Primate Research Centres in the USA.

In the session entitled 'How to Engage Institutions to Publicly Support Animal Research; a Top-Down Approach', the panel discussed the proven benefits of positive institutional public communication and openness which has been successful in the UK, Spain, Belgium and Germany, and how this approach could develop in North America (Source: EARA).

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EURL ECVAM (the European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing) has published its latest Status Report. In the Report, EURL ECVAM outlines the progress it has made in the development, validation, dissemination and regulatory acceptance of alternative approaches since the previous Status Report that was published in September 2015 (Source: EARA).

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Scientists based at Imperial College London in the UK are working on a non-invasive way of delivering deep brain stimulation (DBS), they announced at the Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego, USA. The non-invasive deep brain stimulation works by placing two electrical fields of different frequencies outside the head. The team have tested the technique in mice, as well as on healthy human volunteers.

DBS traditionally requires invasive and risky surgery to implant electrodes deep in the brain. Originally developed thanks to research in primates, DBS is used as a treatment in Parkinson's disease. More research is needed to refine the method to become as specific and to reach as deep as conventional DBS does (Source: EARA).

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The November 2016 issue of FEBS News is now out – browse in flipbook format on the FEBS website or download as a pdffor updates on FEBS events, journals and community.

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