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In The Scientist PNNL's Steven Wiley explains why he's sat out the mad rush for Challenge Grants. "Although the intent is good, history suggests that these grants will eventually be looked upon as one of the greatest time wasters of the decade," he writes. In the '90s, he says there was a similar rush for funding from the US Army Breast Cancer Research Program and for that his area of research was only funded at four percent -- "much less than the NIH payline."

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University of Idaho researchers model the scientific discovery process to examine the link between reproducibility and scientific truth.

A bill passed by a US House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee would give scientific agencies including the National Science Foundation boosts in funding.

Relocating USDA agencies outside of Washington, DC, may make them less effective, critics of the move tell NPR.

In PLOS this week: genes that help Borrelia burgdorferi survive in ticks, CiliaCarta collection of about 1,000 suspected cilia genes, and more.