Science at the UN

The United Nations has put together a scientific advisory board to provide advice to world leaders on science policy, the Nature News blog reports. The board, set up by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, consists of 26 scientists who will serve two-year terms.

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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.