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Virginia's attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, is a climate change-denying Tea Party favorite, says Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait, and for the past few years has been going after Michael Mann, a professor at Penn State. Cuccinelli is trying to prove that Mann's work is somehow fraudulent and is using his power of the subpoena to interfere with Mann's work, Plait adds.

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Researchers suggest that genetic variations could influence the side effects people experience when using synthetic cannabinoids, the International Business Times reports.

An analysis has examined the makeup of researchers on Twitter and what they share, Nature News reports.

At Stat News, Jim Kozubek argues that the Broad Institute is pushing the boundary of what a nonprofit is.

In PNAS this week: gut microbes may affect honeybee weight, phenotype and gene expression changes in DiGeorge syndrome, and more.