That's One Way to Go

The incoming CEO of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the Australian research agency, says he isn't afraid of discussing "out there" ideas, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.

Indeed, Larry Marshall, a physicist and venture capitalist, says the agency should explore technology to improve dowsing, or divining for water, shocking some researchers.

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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.