Possibly ending five years of budget fights, the US House of Representatives has passed a two-year budget bill, the New York Times reports.
If law, the bill would increase federal spending by $80 billion over the next two years, it adds, and would suspend the debt ceiling through March 2017.
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A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.
Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.
In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.
A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.