Today is the last day to submit an idea for a talk at the 2009 O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, to be held in March in San Jose, California. The conference will focus on exploring the emerging trends in the technologies that affect our everyday lives, including personalized healthcare, synthetic biology, and others. The submissions will all be reviewed by mid-October, says the post at O'Reilly Radar.

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A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

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