With the sheer number of scientific articles and increasing open information like online lab notebooks and blogs now available to scientists, how can they wade through them all to find the ones that are both interesting and valuable? At Public Rambling, Pedro Beltrao suggests using sites like FriendFeed and subscribing to RSS feeds, to begin to create a personalized ranking system.

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The New York City medical examiner is overseeing an effort to identify missing persons using DNA, according to the Associated Press.

Nobel laureate Günter Blobel has died at 81, the New York Times reports.

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