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Over at his bbgm blog, Deepak Singh writes that Google is taking on infectious disease. Through the company's nonprofit arm, a "Predict and Prevent" initiative will use technology to deal with emerging threats. Early goals include identifying disease hot spots and enabling rapid response through data sharing programs.

 

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University of Idaho researchers model the scientific discovery process to examine the link between reproducibility and scientific truth.

A bill passed by a US House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee would give scientific agencies including the National Science Foundation boosts in funding.

Relocating USDA agencies outside of Washington, DC, may make them less effective, critics of the move tell NPR.

In PLOS this week: genes that help Borrelia burgdorferi survive in ticks, CiliaCarta collection of about 1,000 suspected cilia genes, and more.