The newly proposed Canadian budget includes a $72.79 million per year increase for the country's research councils, ScienceInsider reports. This influx of funds comes after years of flat or declining budgets, it adds, noting that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had promised "sunny days" when his Liberal party won last fall.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.