Icelandic singer Bjork released an album in October called Biophilia, and Bjork appeared as a guest on The Colbert Report this week to promote the album, which she says is an exploration of science and nature, reports the Huffington Post. She performed a song from the album, Cosmology — a song that centers around the creation of life and explores both creation myths and the big bang theory.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.

Retraction Watch's Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus report that Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital have recommended that more than 30 papers from a former researcher be retracted.

Thomas Steitz, who won the 2009 chemistry Nobel Prize for his ribosome work, has died, the Washington Post reports.

In PLOS this week: mechanisms for genes implicated in coronary artery disease, rumen microbes and host genetics influence cow methane production, and more.