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Altmetrics — which seek to capture the impact of a paper or project beyond where it was published or how many times it was cited — are becoming increasingly popular, Jennifer Howard at the Chronicle of Higher Education says. For example, she says, professors like Steven Roberts at the University of Washington are including more data, such as on the number of view of the lab's blog or how many times his slides were downloaded from SlideShare, as part of his tenure package.

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In PNAS this week: Akt3 amplification in glioma progression, Tibetan Plateau frog genome, and more.

The US Supreme Court has declined to review a decision involving the use of "inadvertently shed" DNA in a police investigation and subsequent conviction.

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National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins appears before a House subcommittee to discuss his agency's budget request.