A post at Adaptive Complexity wonders why all the "towering scientific geniuses seem to be a thing of the past." He excerpts from physicist Silvan Schweber's new book Einstein & Oppenheimer: "The fact is that the range of phenomena they had to deal with was much more extensive and the amount of reliable, accurate data they had to assimilate, comprehend, and explain was much greater than what Einstein had to confront with his gravitational

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.