In a list of 20 tips for new and aspiring postdocs, blogger Dr. Girlfriend at Life After Grad School stresses the importance of preparedness, communication, and perseverance. She also emphasizes that postdocs should take charge of their careers. The mentor-mentee relationship, she says, is a two-way street. "If you are not generating data, your PI will intervene and demand you do your job or get out.

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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.