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Two private companies working on Japan's bid to build the fastest supercomputer have pulled out due to a need to cut costs, reports Science Insider. NEC and Hitachi have withdrawn from the Next-Generation Supercomputer project, a 7-year, $1 billion project to support academic and industrial research. The project is financed by Japan's Ministry of Education and supported by RIKEN, universities, and private companies.

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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.