When the Wright brothers launched themselves into the history books, they used a plane that was made up of perhaps 2,000 parts. And it was quite susceptible to the vagaries of wind, light, and weather, unlike the robust commercial airplanes of today, which are constructed on a scale that is several orders of magnitude greater.

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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to body mass index measurements, long non-coding RNA expression and urothelial carcinoma prognosis, and more.