In Science, actor Alan Alda recounts having asked a teacher what a flame is, and the answer — "It's oxidation" — disappointing him. "It's just giving it another name," Alda tells The New York Times.
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In Science this week: mtDNA analysis give glimpse into decline of Neanderthals in Europe, and more.
The University of Arizona's Raina Maier writes that an understanding of the Earth's microbiome is needed.
The proposed Canadian budget emphasizes partnerships with industry, Nature News reports.
An Australian study of personalized medicine has run into problems as it recruits patients.