And Confirmed, Too

In a voice vote, the US Senate has confirmed Cherry Murray as the new head of the Department of Energy's Office of Science, ScienceInsider reports.

Murray, a Harvard University physicist, was nominated to the post in August, following the Senate's failure to act on MIT's Marc Kastner's 2013 nomination for the job.

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Oxford Nanopore Technologies is looking into dual listings in London and Hong Kong, according to the South China Morning Post.

The New York Times looks into medical research funding in the US and how the grant system might not be funding the best work.

US lawmakers proposed increasing the National Science Foundation budget, including its facilities account, Science reports.

In PNAS this week: effects of gene deletions on bacterial metabolic networks, genetic responses to sea star wasting disease, and more.