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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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A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.

A phylogenetic analysis finds that the rare hemimastigotes form their own supra-kingdom, CBC reports.