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At the White House Science Fair this week, US President Barack Obama plans to announce a new initiative to help math and science teachers, reports the Associated Press. The upcoming budget proposed by the president will include $80 million for "a new Education Department competition to support math and science teacher preparation programs," AP says.

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The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

The New York Times reports that researchers are combining tools to more quickly develop crops to feed a growing population and cope with shifting climates.

Scientists in Canada are looking to the UK's plan to sequence children with rare conditions for inspiration, the National Post reports.

In PNAS this week: copy number changes arose during polar bear evolution, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of the Siberian hamster, and more.