A bipartisan group of senators is seeking increased funding for certain research areas, including synthetic biology, that they think will encourage economic growth, ScienceInsider reports.
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The Economist reports that it is increasingly easier to analyze the metabolites people give off, potentially revealing personal information about them.
A controversial paper on the gender gap in science has been corrected, according to BuzzFeed News.
The Los Angeles Times reports that only a third of California students meet the state's new science standards.
In Science this week: evidence of interbreeding between the ancestors of West Africans and an unknown archaic human, and more.