We could all use a little inspiration on a Monday, so check out physicist Brian Greene's love letter to science, published as an op-ed in the New York Times. He says there should be better ways of teaching science to show students what an integral role it can play in their lives. "Science is a language of hope and inspiration, providing discoveries that fire the imagination and instill a sense of connection to our lives and our world," he writes. He adds:

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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

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