Fiscal crisis has Brazilian scientists scrambling

Brazilian neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel spent years studying the brains of mammals, including mice, whales, and humans, to understand the forces that shape their intricate folds. The effort paid off last month, when the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro professor co-authored a high-profile paper showing that the folding is governed by a relatively straightforward mathematical relationship (Science, 3 July, p. 74). But even as Herculano-Houzel’s research soared, she was struggling to solve a much more pragmatic equation: how to pay her laboratory bills amid one of the worst science funding crises to strike Brazil in decades.
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(Science, August 27, 2015)


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