According to National Science Foundation statistics generated by the agency's annual Survey of Earned Doctorates, US institutions awarded 49,562 research doctorates in 2009, which represents the highest number ever reported by the study and a 1.6 percent increase over the 2008 total.

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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.