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Blogger Dan has a post at Bitesize Bio about a new journal ranking tool (a free one, to boot) that tallies up impact factors by taking into account the relative importance of each citation, rather than giving all citations equal weight. "After all, we naturally and automatically prioritize citations based on where they’re coming from," Dan writes.

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University of Idaho researchers model the scientific discovery process to examine the link between reproducibility and scientific truth.

A bill passed by a US House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee would give scientific agencies including the National Science Foundation boosts in funding.

Relocating USDA agencies outside of Washington, DC, may make them less effective, critics of the move tell NPR.

In PLOS this week: genes that help Borrelia burgdorferi survive in ticks, CiliaCarta collection of about 1,000 suspected cilia genes, and more.