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The National Science Foundation announced a plan to close its offices in Beijing, Brussels, and Tokyo by this summer and reassign local staff in those countries to US embassies, Science reports. But that plan is getting "mixed reviews" from the research community, which worries that the NSF's stated desire to be more focused is really just insularity, the article adds.

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