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Last month we looked at cloud computing, a compute architecture that provides users with access to large amounts of on-demand computing power through an Internet connection. Amazon, Google, IBM, and a growing number of other vendors are hosting compute clouds where users can go online, open an account, and for mere cents an hour, create virtual compute clusters complete with the desired CPU type and speed, RAM, and memory capacity.

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The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.