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Vote for the People's Choice Award Winner

Voting is open for the Student Research Showcase People's Choice Award.

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2020 Student Research Showcase Results

The judges have made their selections for the 2020 division winners and top presenters by section.

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Viruses as Vectors

Using Viruses as Vectors

Some approaches to developing a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 involve using other viruses to safely teach our bodies to recognize the new coronavirus.

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Why Do Viruses Affect People Differently?

Why Do Viruses Affect People Differently?

Sigma Xi member Ann Skalka, a virologist and professor emerita at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, explains.

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Top Presenters Named in the Virtual Student Scholars Symposium

"You should be proud of the work you've done," Sigma Xi Executive Director and CEO Jamie Vernon told the students who participated in this new, online event.

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Thank You for #GivingTuesdayNow

Together, we exceeded our $10,000 fundraising goal to give people science-based messages about COVID-19!

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#SciCommMake Winner Announcement

Two teams of scientists and artists will receive funding for projects that share science with the public.

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Sigma Xi Chapters Awarded Grants to Develop Diversity and Educational Programs

Three Sigma Xi chapters have received grants to enhance the health of the research enterprise in their local communities.

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Know the Virus, Defeat the Virus

This Giving Tuesday Now – May 5, 2020 – a new global day of giving and unity, Sigma Xi and Science Talk have set a goal to raise $10,000 to provide the evidence-based information that people need to stay safe.

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Can We Tell If the Coronavirus Was Bioengineered?

How do scientists know the virus that causes COVID-19 has a natural origin?

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Students Can Present Their Research in a New Virtual Symposium

Students are invited to submit an abstract by April 17 to present an oral or poster presentation.

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STEM Art and Film Festival: Call for Submissions

Artists and filmmakers may submit their work through May 15.

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Social Distancing Is Not New

Social distancing seems extreme, but it's not new in the history of humanity.

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Does Cooking & Freezing Food Affect the Coronavirus?

Food safety expert Benjamin Chapman shares what the science says about how to keep your food preparation safe from the coronavirus.

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Deadline Extended to Submit Abstracts for the Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference

Deadlines have been extended to submit professional abstracts for symposia sessions and student abstracts for oral research presentations.

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Is Food Delivery & Takeout Safe During the COVID-19 Outbreak?

Science communicator Brian Malow asks food safety professor Benjamin Chapman of North Carolina State University.

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Can Pets Carry Coronavirus

Can Pets Carry Coronavirus?

Sigma Xi has partnered with science communicator Brian Malow to connect your questions about COVID-19 with scientists.

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A Virtual Research Presentation Opportunity for Students

As the world transitions to social distancing and canceled conferences due to COVID-19, Sigma Xi provides a virtual platform for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students to present their research.

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COVID-19 Preparedness Kit

The Sigma Xi COVID-19 Preparedness Kit consists of tools and resources that will help you manage the challenges of social distancing.

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COVID-19 Response Regarding the Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference

At this time, the 2020 Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference is expected to be held as scheduled from November 5-8.

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Radiolab Associate Producer Rachael Cusick Is a Keynote Speaker for the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting

Rachael Cusick plans to discuss “RadioLab Presents: G,” the program’s 2019 documentary series on intelligence.

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Director of the Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics Anjan Chatterjee Is a Keynote Speaker for the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting

Anjan Chatterjee’s keynote session will be titled, “The Aesthetic Brain: On Beauty, Buildings, and Art.”

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New Competition Will Support Scientists and Artists in Communicating Research

Attendees of Science Talk ’20 from March 26–27 in Portland, Oregon, will be the first to experience a new competition at the conference, #SciCommMake.

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Russian Delegation Visits Sigma Xi to Discuss Fostering Public Understanding of Science

“Sigma Xi is thrilled to share our expertise with our Russian counterparts and to make connections that will promote the public understanding of science worldwide.” said Executive Director and CEO Jamie Vernon.

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Last Chance to Present Research

The abstract deadline is Friday, October 18, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time to present a research poster at the Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference.

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Chapter Award Finalists and Top Electing Chapters

Finalists are announced for Chapter of Excellence and Chapter Program of Excellence Awards and chapters are recognized for initiating the most new members in 2018–2019.

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Sigma Xi Member John B. Goodenough Receives Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Goodenough receives the prize jointly with M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries.

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New Sigma Xi Chapter Installed at Nova Southeastern University

Students were involved in the initial inquiry to start the new chapter, and two students will serve on the first officer team.

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NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca Is Coming to Madison, Wisconsin

Joe Palca's talk is, "Journalism in a Post-Factual World: Is Telling the Truth Enough?"

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Astro/Neuro/Art Exhibit Opens October 13 in San Francisco

As Above As Below is an Astro/Neuro/Art exhibit that aims to cultivate, optimize, and sustain dialogue between artistic and scientific inquiry through collaborative exchanges.

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Members Selected as AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors

Seven Sigma Xi members have been chosen for an initiative to inspire the next generation of girls to consider STEM careers.

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Science Communication Coaching Begins in October

Researchers and students are invited to participate in two free webinars in October and events at the Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference.

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Seven Tracks to Explore at the Annual Meeting

Featuring a wide variety of session topics, the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference is the place to be for professional and student researchers.

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Grants in Aid of Research Recipient Profile: Michael Donovan

Michael Donovan used his Sigma Xi grant to collect data from the fossil plant collection at the Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio in Trelew, Argentina.

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Sigma Xi 2019 Fall Timeline

Key dates for members and researchers to remember this season.

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Members Earn Recognition from the White House

Recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) have been announced, and 35 of them are Sigma Xi members.

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From the President: A Call to Action

Sigma Xi President Geraldine Richmond invites all who share concerns about our changing global environment to attend the Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference.

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Research Conference Coming to the Midwest

The Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference is coming to Madison, Wisconsin, this November.

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Members and an Explorer Earn Awards at Intel ISEF

Eight students connected with Sigma Xi collectively earned $221,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

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The Road Ahead

Geraldine Richmond will take the helm of Sigma Xi as president on July 1. She shares her areas of focus for the coming year.

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STEM Art and Film Festival Coming to Wisconsin

Join us at the first Sigma Xi STEM Art and Film Festival on November 17, 2019, at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Grant Recipient Profile: Haylee Archer

The first of two grants that Sigma Xi awarded to Haylee Archer helped to spark her interest in observational astronomy.

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New Sigma Xi Leaders Elected

Congratulations to the members who were elected to leadership positions within the Society. Many of them are starting their new terms on July 1.

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Find Your Next Adventure

Sigma Xi member Mary Ellen Close of Salem, Wisconsin, has watched eclipses with astronomers, slept on a Trans-Siberian Railway train, and seen a wild hippo along the Nile.

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Grants Help Chapters with Educational Projects

Two Sigma Xi chapters started new programs with support from the Science, Math, and Engineering Education Grant.

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Sigma Xi Awards Research Grants to Students in Spring 2019 Cycle

In the spring 2019 cycle of its Grants in Aid of Research program, the Society awarded 143 grants totaling $137,984 to students.

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Silicon Valley Pioneer and Philanthropist Receives the Gold Key Award

Attendees at the 2019 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference will hear a personal, recorded message from an Intel Corporation cofounder.

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Announcing the 2019 Award Winners

The Society is pleased to announce the 2019 award winners. Many of them will be featured speakers at the Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference.

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People's Choice Award Winner Aims to Improve the Experience of Using Probiotics

Danny Collins, a junior at Newton South High School in Newton, Massachusetts, has won the 2019 People’s Choice Award in Sigma Xi's Student Research Showcase.

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Students Receive Sigma Xi’s Awards at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Sigma Xi members attended the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona, to award $6,000 to students.

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Student Research Showcase Results

Judges have named the division winners and inaugural overall top presenter for the Student Research Showcase. Voting for the People's Choice Award is open.

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Vaccine and Tropical Disease Expert Announced as a Keynote Speaker at Sigma Xi’s Annual Meeting

Peter Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine will discuss developing new vaccines while facing modern 21st century forces, including the antivaccine movement.

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Annual Meeting to Focus on Changing Global Environment and Research Enterprise

Join us at Sigma Xi’s Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference, November 14–17, in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Grants in Aid of Research Recipient Profile: Jason Strickland

We catch up with grant recipient Jason Strickland and his project that investigated venom variation in Mojave rattlesnakes.

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Supporting Women in STEM

In honor of Women’s History Month in March, Sigma Xi asked female members about the challenges they see for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as well as possible solutions for those issues.

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Four Ways Sigma Xi Can Help with Your Job Search

Your Sigma Xi membership is a distinction on your curriculum vitae that potential employers will notice. That honor, however, is just the beginning of how the Society can help with your career goals.

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Creating a Favorable Future

President Joel Primack discusses how Sigma Xi researchers can help preserve a livable world for future generations.

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Father of the Internet Announced as a Plenary Speaker at Sigma Xi’s Annual Meeting

Vint Cerf will share ways that researchers are using the Internet to address global environmental changes. He will also discuss trust between science and the public.

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Candidates Sought for Sigma Xi Elections

Sigma Xi seeks candidates to run for leadership positions in the 2019 elections.

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Sigma Xi to Government Leaders: Avoid Another Disruption to Research

In letters sent this week, Sigma Xi urged leaders in the United States Congress and President Donald Trump to avoid any actions that would result in future federal funding lapses for scientific research.

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Students Are Invited to Apply for Research Grants

Undergraduate and graduate students who would like to apply for research grants have through March 20 to be considered in the next application cycle.

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Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report Just Released

The Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report demonstrates what the Sigma Xi community accomplished from July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018.

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A New Award Will Debut at the Student Research Showcase

Science and engineering students participating in the Student Research Showcase will have the chance to win double the prize money than they could before.

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2018 Sigma Xi Election Results

Members of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society elected their peers to leadership roles in an online election that ended November 27.

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Tradition to Support Students and Early Career Researchers Carries on at the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting

An uplifting tradition carried on at the Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference hosted by Sigma Xi.

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STEM Education and Human Rights

Take a look at what the Science and Human Rights Coalition discussed in 2018.

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Grants-in-Aid of Research Award Recipient Profile: Simona Augyte

We catch up with Simona Augyte, who received a research grant from Sigma Xi as a PhD candidate, to learn about the results of her project and see where she is now.

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Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference Discussed Big Data and the Future of Research, Ethics, and Science Communication

Sigma Xi members, science supporters, and students came together October 25–28 for the 2018 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference.

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Top Presenters Announced at the Student Research Conference

Science and engineering students from across the country gathered in Burlingame, California, for the 18th Annual Student Research Conference.

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Chapter Award Winners and Top Electing Chapters in 2017–2018

The Sigma Xi Committee on Qualifications and Membership has selected Sigma Xi chapters that will receive the 2017–2018 chapter awards and recognized the top electing chapters.

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2018 Ferst Award Winner Carol Fierke

Texas A&M University Provost Honored with Teaching Award

Carol A. Fierke will receive the 2018 Sigma Xi Monie A. Ferst Award, sponsored by the Georgia Institute of Technology Chapter.

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Letter from the President: Defending the Scientific Process

Some people think the survival of key theories of modern science is impossible because they believe that new scientific theories always overthrow the previous theories. Sigma Xi President Joel Primack challenges that misunderstanding.

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Research Honor Society Calls for Support of Climate Scientists and Investments in Research to Reduce Climate Change

Sigma Xi makes its statement on climate change on the day that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a key report.

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Sigma Xi Member William D. Nordhaus Wins Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences

Member William D. Nordhaus of Yale University received half of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.

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Win Free Registration to the Student Research Conference

Students can win free registration to the Sigma Xi Student Research Conference taking place October 26–28 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in California!

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Sigma Xi Member Arthur Ashkin Wins 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded half of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics to Sigma Xi member Arthur Ashkin.

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Deadline for Award Nominations Extended to December 1

The public may submit nominations by December 1 for Sigma Xi’s 2019–2020 prizes and awards program, which recognizes major achievements in science, engineering, and science communication.

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International Research Conference Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Students and faculty from Hispanic-serving institutions receive a 50 percent registration discount to the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference through October 15.

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Science and Engineering Students Will Compete in an International Research Competition

Sigma Xi invites science and engineering students in high school through graduate school from around the world to its annual Student Research Conference.

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SAS Will Demonstrate Its Visual Data Mining and Machine Learning Product at Sigma Xi’s Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference

Participants of the Sigma Xi 2018 Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference will have access to an on-site demonstration from SAS, an analytics software and services company.

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President-Elect Candidates Share Goals for Sigma Xi’s Future

The three members who are running for president-elect in the 2018 Sigma Xi elections share their goals for the Society.

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Tools for Communicating Science

Science communication sessions have been added to the program of the 2018 Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference.

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Student Research Grant Applications Due October 1

Sigma Xi invites undergraduate and graduate students to apply for a research grant by October 1.

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Procter Prize Winner Unlocked Viruses’ Secrets

A biologist who dedicated much of her career to studying retroviruses will receive Sigma Xi’s 2018 William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement.

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Annual Meeting to Feature Symposium on Big Data in Physics and Astronomy

Sigma Xi will bring together the research community October 25–28 for its Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference to discuss how scientists and engineers can adapt to the big data era.

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Young Investigator Is Enhancing Materials Science

Dave Flannigan, an associate professor at University of Minnesota, is the recipient of Sigma Xi’s 2018 Young Investigator Award for his contributions to an emerging technology, ultrafast electron microscopy.

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Nominations Sought for Sigma Xi Elections

Sigma Xi is currently accepting nominations for members who can serve in leadership positions. All active members are eligible to vote online in the elections from October 29 to November 27.

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Asking, Receiving, and Giving Back: One Member's Full-Circle Journal in Grant-Writing

Member Madhusudan Katti was a PhD student in 1993, when he asked Sigma Xi's Grants-in-Aid of Research program for help with funding his research. Now, he volunteers for the program by reviewing student grant proposals.

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Announcing the 2018 Award Winners

The Society is pleased to announce the 2018 award winners. All of them will be featured speakers at the Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference.

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The New President's Plan

Joel Primack, who became Sigma Xi president on July 1, plans to spend his one-year term pursuing two new initiatives. Primack calls for members and chapters to help with both ideas.

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American Scientist Wins Awards for Nonprofit Publishing

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society’s magazine American Scientist has once again ranked among the top publications from nonprofit associations.

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