PHYSICSWORLDAstronomers will gather on Monday at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California for a controversial conference on the Kepler space mission that had been threatened with a planned boycott. NASA averted the boycott of the international meeting by reversing an order to exclude Chinese participants from the event.

Interesting... the ban has angered many US scientists who say Chinese students and researchers in their labs are being discriminated against. A growing number of US scientists have now decided to boycott the meeting in protest, with senior academics withdrawing individually, or pulling out their entire research groups.