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To get a look at what their rivals are doing, some researchers are turning to Freedom of Information Act requests, Buzzfeed News reports.

Some 30 percent of FOIA requests for copies of National Institute of Health grant proposals come from other academic institutions, while about half of requests for copies of National Science Foundation requests are from other research institutions, it says.

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Researchers describe a way to share data while keeping it secure, Agence France Presse reports.

In Science this week: genetic mutations typically associated with esophageal cancer are common in older, healthy individuals, and more.

India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

A new study links more than a hundred genes to autism spectrum disorder, Discover's D-brief blog reports.