Your Royal Forbearers

Adam Rutherford writes at the Guardian that he's a direct descendant of Charlemagne. Then again, he adds, basically everyone of European descent can claim Charlemagne — who had at least 18 children — as an ancestor. And this, he notes, is something he can determine without analyzing a vial of spit or a drop of blood.

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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

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Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

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