Over at In the Pipeline, Derek Lowe blogs about bad reasons for going to graduate school, citing an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education that brought up the topic. Of all the bad reasons discussed -- including idealizing the college environment in the face of getting an entry-level job and preferring the validation of high grades -- the one that seems most applicable in the scientific world is hiding from the bad economy, Lowe says.

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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.