In industry, peer-reviewed papers just aren't valued, writes Sandra Porter on her blog. This realization shocked her as well as when she discovered that people in industry didn't really know what peer review meant. "The business people seem to think that scientific papers are written by ghost-writers and the software engineers think they're written by people from marketing," she blogs.

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The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

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