While the US National Science Foundation's new director has made an effort to reach out to Congress, Nature reports that some of that outreach may be in vain.

Republican lawmakers, it notes, have focused on NSF and its grant-funding process as a source of potential wasteful spending and have presented legislation to have the agency certify that grants is does fund are in the national interest.

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Researchers suggest that genetic variations could influence the side effects people experience when using synthetic cannabinoids, the International Business Times reports.

An analysis has examined the makeup of researchers on Twitter and what they share, Nature News reports.

At Stat News, Jim Kozubek argues that the Broad Institute is pushing the boundary of what a nonprofit is.

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