Martin Stratmann has been selected to direct the Max Planck Society, the Nature News Blog reports. The Max Planck Society oversees 80 research institutes in Germany and about a dozen centers elsewhere, and it has an annual budget of €2.0 billion (US$2.6 billion) that comes from the German federal and state budgets.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

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