'Top 10'

It's hard to say which science and technology stories of 2011 were the most important or interesting, but Scientific American has taken a crack at identifying which stories made the biggest splash. "Some of our top choices could very well have an immediate effect on our lives. The impact of others may not be felt for years. Some discoveries may vanish altogether," Scientific American says. "We'll just have to see how things turn out in the years ahead. But no matter what, 2011 held big surprises in science and technology."

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Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

The New York Times writes that the National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program is "ambitious" and that some are concerned it might be overly so.

Representative Lamar Smith's criticism of the National Science Foundation has "changed the nature of the conversation," according to ScienceInsider.

In PLOS this week: non-coding RNA function in yeast, transcriptomic profiles of malaria parasites, and more.