A post at Ars Technica predicts that the move toward open source textbooks has only just begun. Even though the incentive isn't quite there, some faculty are trying out using blogs, wikis, Second Life, and YouTube to engage and interact with their students -- instead of requiring them to buy hundreds of dollars worth of texts.

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The US National Institutes of Health has developed guidelines to gauge whether frail chimpanzees are healthy enough to be moved to a retirement sanctuary.

Osamu Shimomura, who won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on green fluorescent protein, has died.

In PLOS this week: analytical approach for finding new genetic associations, analysis of Streptococcus pyogenes-infecting viruses, and more.

Stat News reports that the head of IBM Watson Health is leaving her post.