The State of Science

The theme of US President Barack Obama's State of the Union address yesterday evening was on how Americans could "win the future" despite increased competition from countries including China and India. Obama noted that China has the largest private solar research facility as well as the world's fastest computer — which Top500 says is at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin.

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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.