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Here's a twist you didn't see coming: fresh off his forced retirement due to comments about black people being inherently less intelligent than white people, James Watson has contributed the maximum funds allowed to US presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign, according to this blog post from Bob Grant at The Scientist.

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New US Department of Commerce rules will affect supercomputing in China, according to the Wall Street Journal.

A new analysis finds that it will be more than a century until female computer scientists publish at the same rate as their male counterparts, ScienceInsider reports.

Broad Institute researchers describe an approach they've dubbed "DNA microscopy."

In PLOS this week: epigenetic changes following hepatitis C virus treatment, metagenomic analysis of Ugandan children with febrile illness, and more.