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Writing in The Scientist, Steven Wiley examines the merits of renewing his annual society memberships. Wiley writes that every year it comes time to pay society dues, he asks himself "should I bother?" In the past, he says, membership benefits were often tangible ― they arrived in the mail in the form of print journals and invitations to submit abstracts for annual meetings ― whereas now, many society publications are freely accessible online.

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The US has sent its formal notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Science reports that a draft spending bill would increase the US National Institutes of Health budget by 13 percent.

The Harvard Crimson reports that Harvard and MIT are suing the Department of Homeland Security and ICE over the new international student visa policy.

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