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At Slate, Amanda Schaffer writes that the prospect of stimulus funds has "shaken the slow-moving world of research and whipped scientists into a near-paralytic frenzy." She also says that "the lure of stimulus funding has aroused such a carnival-esque atmosphere that many biomedical scientists have ceased doing much actual research" as researchers busily write new grants, particularly Challenge Grants.

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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.

Two researchers are calling for education for scientists on defending facts.