Christopher Pyne is Australia's new science minister, ScienceInsider reports.

Pyne, it adds, was appointed to the post as part of a reshuffling by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who took over that post from Tony Abbott last week following an internal party struggle. Many in Australian scientific circles had criticized Abbott, who cut more than AU$3 billion from the science, research, and innovation budget.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.