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A group of statisticians are pushing to abolish the notion of 'statistical significance,' NPR reports.

They instead are asking scientists to cope with having uncertainty. "Uncertainty is present always," Ron Wasserstein, the executive director of the American Statistical Association, tells NPR. "That's part of science. So rather than trying to dance around it, we [should] accept it."

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The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

The New York Times reports that researchers are combining tools to more quickly develop crops to feed a growing population and cope with shifting climates.

Scientists in Canada are looking to the UK's plan to sequence children with rare conditions for inspiration, the National Post reports.

In PNAS this week: copy number changes arose during polar bear evolution, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of the Siberian hamster, and more.