On her Adventures in Ethics and Science blog, Janet Stemwedel posts on some trends indicating a decline in peer-reviewed papers (fair warning: this decline has been spotted in the economics realm, but it's still an interesting lesson for scientists). Stemwedel discusses some of the practical problems of peer review, as well as the problems associated with skirting the review process and posting research, for instance, on a personal website instead.

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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.