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Brazilian science faces ‘collapse’

Academics in Brazil have warned that ongoing cuts to the country’s scientific institutions have reached dangerous levels.

Brazil’s science institutes are running out of money and can barely pay their electricity bills, six researchers’ associations said in a letter on 20 September.

The letter, published by the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, said that successive governments’ disregard for science was “threatening almost a century of hard-won conquests”. The national association of researchers of the science ministry, ANPesq, and the José Leite Lopes association of postgraduates were among the signatories.

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