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An earthquake hit L'Aquila, a town in the Abruzzo region of Italy, in 2009, and more than 300 people died. Soon thereafter, says Popular Science's Juliet Lapidos, the citizens of L'Aquila requested an investigation into a panel of researchers and civil servants that had previously concluded that a major seismic event was unlikely, despite a series of small tremors that had occurred there.

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The New York Times reports that as China invests in science, it also is dealing with research fraud.

In PLOS this week: transcriptome study of a cold-tolerant plant, deep sequencing of clinical influenza A samples, and more.

The Atlantic writes that retrotransposons like BovB have proliferated in a number of genomes.

Researchers have sequenced the genome of a man who lived in China some 40,000 years ago, according to UPI.