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At the Scientific American Observations blog, Christine Gorman asks whether scientific research should be funded by the public, through private institutes, or a mix of both. "Given science's role in fueling the economy, I think it makes sense to explore the funding issue more deeply," Gorman says.

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A new Trump executive order about "free inquiry" on college campuses may threaten $35 billion-worth of federal research funding, reports Ars Technica.

As we enter conference season, Nature News asks why graduate students and postdocs are sometimes forced to choose between paying the rent and paying to attend important meetings.

A new analysis says that a 2018 study claiming to show biparental mtDNA inheritance has several flaws.

In PNAS this week: a genome sequence analysis of Crucihimalaya himalaica, multicellularity and fruiting body development in mushroom-forming fungi, and more.