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Mike the Mad Biologists say that while US student do poorly in math and science at the national level, some local areas do better than European or Asian countries. He particularly focuses on Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New Hampshire and says that what they have in common are low rates of poverty and divorce, as well as high incomes, an educated adult population, and good public health departments.

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Science reports that a new White House Office of Management and Budget memo rescinds previous ones that helped research institutions deal with pandemic-related closures.

Researchers report on a concerning strain of the H1N1 swine flu virus found among pigs in China, Agence France Presse reports.

The Associated Press reports that US officials are considering allowing pooled COVID-19 testing.

In Genome Research this week: Y chromosome gene expression analysis, de novo mutations rise with paternal age in rhesus macaques, and more.