As in previous years, the lead-up to Science Online 2012 has researchers, journalists, and bloggers brimming with excitement over the upcoming so-called un-conference to be held on the North Carolina State University campus. This year, though, The New York Times has taken notice.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.