At her On Being a Scientist and a Woman blog, ScienceWoman divulges some of the tricks of the trade to negotiating a good lab startup package out of your newfound university's administration. Get everything in writing, she warns, and ask for more than you need. She writes, "Make sure that you have enough time to intelligently spend your start-up. After that pot of money disappears, it's up to your grant writing abilities forever after.

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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to body mass index measurements, long non-coding RNA expression and urothelial carcinoma prognosis, and more.