Here's a post from Michael Calore on Wired's Blog Network about a new report on Microsoft Vista's security performance. In the system's first year of availability, the report says, Vista had fewer vulnerability issues than several other (Microsoft and non-MS) operating systems required in their first years. Here's the punchline: the report was cooked up and issued by Microsoft's security team.

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The New York Times reports that as China invests in science, it also is dealing with research fraud.

In PLOS this week: transcriptome study of a cold-tolerant plant, deep sequencing of clinical influenza A samples, and more.

Researchers have sequenced the genome of a man who lived in China some 40,000 years ago, according to UPI.

The Atlantic writes that retrotransposons like BovB have proliferated in a number of genomes.