The new administration in Japan unveiled its first budget, and it shows little change for science and technology funding overall, reports ScienceInsider. A summary from the Ministry of Education says funding for basic, academic research will increase by up 1.7 percent to $3 billion. However, the seven-year Next-Generation Supercomputer project will see a cut in its budget, from $290 million to $230 million.

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A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.

A phylogenetic analysis finds that the rare hemimastigotes form their own supra-kingdom, CBC reports.