The new cabinet of Australia's new prime minister will include fewer posts, and one of those eliminated is the science minister, the New Scientist reports.

"Science will largely be in the industry portfolio," incoming Prime Minister Tony Abbot says, adding that some responsibilities will be shouldered by the education minister.

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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.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.