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If you are looking for some summer reading, head over to Female Science Professor's blog and Chad Orzel's Uncertainty Principle. FSP is asking if her readers like academic novels — her favorite is Richard Russo's Straight Man. "There is something very satisfying, however, about reading a really good parody of a faculty meeting or faculty-administrator interactions, even in the summer," she writes.

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Wired reports on how genetic genealogy's use in forensics has exploded in the year since an arrest in the Golden State Killer case was made.

Retraction Watch reports that the increase in retracted papers at a journal is due to more resources there to tackle publication ethics.

New York City has settled with a forensic scientist who was fired after questioning a DNA testing approach used by the medical examiner's office, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: technique for measuring replication fork movement, WINTHER trial results, and more.