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Results from the 2011 Science National Assessment of Educational Progress at Grade 8 are in, and they show that US eighth graders scored a 152 out of 300 on the national science test — two points higher than what eighth graders evaluated in 2009 had earned, reports ScienceInsider's Jeffrey Mervis.

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Magdalena Skipper, the incoming editor-in-chief of Nature, speaks with NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday.

Genetic genealogy has led to an arrest in another cold case, dating back to 1987.

Wired reports that 23andMe is trying to bolster its outside collaborations.

In PLOS this week: mutation in second gene widens clinical symptoms of people with ADD3 mutations, comparative genomic analysis of Pseudovibrio, and more.