Chris Mooney writes that the shortage of US scientists is a fallacy. In this Science Progress post, he takes a look at the numbers. The National Science Foundation's latest stats say that 29,854 science and engineering PhDs were produced in 2006 and that was the fourth year in a row that that number had increased. Instead, he says, the US is lagging in the rate of increase in the number of doctorates awarded in the sciences, as compared to China.

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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to body mass index measurements, long non-coding RNA expression and urothelial carcinoma prognosis, and more.