The judges of the Google International Online Science Fair that kicked off in January — which sought entries from students aged 13 to 18 — have recently identified 60 semi-finalists and are now asking the public to choose one of them to win the People's Choice Award, says GrrlScientist at the Guardian's Punctuated Equilibrium.

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An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

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Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.