'Order From Nothing'

A physicist has begun to test his idea that life on Earth isn't a result of random chance, but of thermodynamics, Quanta Magazine reports.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Jeremy England posited in 2103 that atoms would eventually align themselves in a configuration that burns more energy, which he says would lead to the development of complex structures and, perhaps, life, it adds.

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The New York Times and ProPublica say that many physicians fail to disclose their financial ties when publishing in medical journals.

The Wall Street Journal reports Human Longevity's valuation has dropped by 80 percent.

Science reports that the US National Cancer Institute is cutting its operating budget by 5 percent.

In PLOS this week: similar variants seen in bullbogs, people with Robinow syndrome; ApoE genotypes in African-American, Puerto Rican populations; and more.