The Tunes of Science

Danielle Lee, a postdoc at Oklahoma State University who also blogs at Urban Scientist, tells NPR that hip-hop can be used to engage students of color in science, technology, engineering, and math.

While Lee notes that such efforts can fall flat if they co-opt hip-hop or rap rather than connect the song to what the students are learning.

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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.