For the Excellence in Research for Australia initiative, which is "designed to assess how to divvy up scarce public funds," the Australian federal government has come up with a new ranking system for academic journals to measure success and rank the overall performance of universities across the country, according to ABC Radio National. As part of the new system, journals are assigned to hierarchical categories; they can be A-star-, A-, B-, or C-ranked journals.

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American scientists find themselves once again warning the Trump administration not to dismiss science, the New Yorker report.

A new study suggests CRISPR could be used to save coral reefs from dying off, Forbes reports.

Researchers have found that the i-motif shape of DNA previously observed in the lab also exists in human cells, and that it may serve a purpose.

In PNAS this week: a genomic, transcriptomic, and metabolomic analysis of the tea plant, Arabidopsis thaliana's adaptations to specific local environments, and more.