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This is a story of mice and men — well, Viking mice and Viking men. A new study in BMC Evolutionary Biology shows that Viking conquerors brought more than just fear and trembling to the hearts of those they invaded — they also brought mice, stowed away on their ships, reports New Scientist's Andy Coghlan.

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A new Trump executive order about "free inquiry" on college campuses may threaten $35 billion-worth of federal research funding, reports Ars Technica.

As we enter conference season, Nature News asks why graduate students and postdocs are sometimes forced to choose between paying the rent and paying to attend important meetings.

A new analysis says that a 2018 study claiming to show biparental mtDNA inheritance has several flaws.

In PNAS this week: a genome sequence analysis of Crucihimalaya himalaica, multicellularity and fruiting body development in mushroom-forming fungi, and more.