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In an opinion column in The New York Times, contributor Jack Hitt says it's common these days to see a lot of commentary attached to almost any scientific article or paper "worth reading." Skeptics and critics dissect the work and challenge the authors' conclusions, while proponents of the work add their arguments to bolster the point, and bloggers weigh in. At the end of the day, all this commentary inevitably becomes part of the research record.

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A new Trump executive order about "free inquiry" on college campuses may threaten $35 billion-worth of federal research funding, reports Ars Technica.

As we enter conference season, Nature News asks why graduate students and postdocs are sometimes forced to choose between paying the rent and paying to attend important meetings.

A new analysis says that a 2018 study claiming to show biparental mtDNA inheritance has several flaws.

In PNAS this week: a genome sequence analysis of Crucihimalaya himalaica, multicellularity and fruiting body development in mushroom-forming fungi, and more.