Canon Kabushiki Kaisha of Tokyo received US Patent No. 6,737,238, “Substrate measuring method and device.” The patent covers a method of measuring a sample on a substrate that makes it possible to simplify the control and construction of a measuring device, shorten the measuring period, make the measuring conditions constant, and improve the positional accuracy. The method is performed by forming a circular orbit of detection areas.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.