Social networks for scientists generally "make two assumptions that doom them to failure," says David Crotty, the Executive Editor of CSH Protocols, at Scholarly Kitchen. And those assumptions are that researchers network and communicate openly with others in their field constantly.

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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.