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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 NEC and Hitachi have withdrawn from the Next-Generation Supercomputer project, a 7-year, $1 billion project to support academic and industrial research.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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Wired reports on how genetic genealogy's use in forensics has exploded in the year since an arrest in the Golden State Killer case was made.

Retraction Watch reports that the increase in retracted papers at a journal is due to more resources there to tackle publication ethics.

New York City has settled with a forensic scientist who was fired after questioning a DNA testing approach used by the medical examiner's office, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: technique for measuring replication fork movement, WINTHER trial results, and more.