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Scientists are losing the competition for the public's attention, writes the Population Institute's Robert Walker at the Huffington Post's Green Blog. When scientists do receive attention, they are often disregarded, or worse. "We live in the Era of Willful Ignorance. It is not only acceptable; it is fashionable to throw scientific caution to the wind," Walker writes.

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Nature News reports on the US National Science Foundation's investigations of undisclosed foreign ties among researchers it funds.

Researchers have developed a set of 10 principles to guide how a list of all species on earth should be put together, the Guardian reports.

Wired reports on a new firm developing a gene writing approach for therapeutic genome changes.

In Nature this week: a method called cis-X combines whole-genome and transcriptome sequencing data to identify regulatory noncoding variants, and more.