The Scan

Joel Achenbach explores at National Geographic why people find science difficult to believe.

Ancient Wheat

Ancient DNA indicates Stone Age, hunter-gather inhabitants of Britain imported wheat.

Bit of an Increase

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences director says changes the agency made have allow it to boost success rates.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: gene linked to expansion of the human neocortex, and more.

The UK Medical Research Council says the proposed path of a new train line could affect research at the Francis Crick Institute.

Its Own Version

Genotyping analysis of measles in Ontario indicates the strain there didn't originate from Disneyland or Europe.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: researchers classify pancreatic cancer into four subtypes using sequencing, and more.

An Antibiotics Prize?

The University of Pennsylvania's Ezekiel Emanuel suggests a prize-based system to encourage drugmakers to develop new antibiotics.

New Technique a 'Go'

The House of Lords in the UK approves a bill to allow mitochondrial donation.

MIT's Technology Review reports it's a good time to be a biotech.

In Genome Biology this week: miRNAs linked to diffuse large B-cell lymphoma outcomes, database of bird genomes, and more.

On the Face of It

Law enforcement agencies are beginning to turn to forensic DNA phenotyping to determine what their suspects might look like, the New York Times reports.

The FoldIt creators have a new citizen science game for synthetic biology, says Carolyn Graybeal at the Citizen Science Salon.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press is launching a precision medicine-focused journal.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: microRNA catalogue, early mutational events in follicular lymphoma, and more.

Nature is to begin offering the option of double-blind peer review next month.

Researchers uncover possible salivary protein markers for autism.

Researchers link personality traits to the expression of certain inflammation-related genes.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: age-related methylation patterns, transcriptome analysis of the cabbage beetle, and more.

Researchers uncover a human-specific enhancer that influences brain size in transgenic mice.

A pair of studies examines interbreeding between Neanderthals and modern human ancestors.

Looking Elsewhere

Budget cuts and other changes may be leading young Australian researchers to seek positions outside the country.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: ancient genetic mutations linked to Gleevec activity, and more.

A study finds that one article has been cited more than two dozen times since its retraction.

The Art of Chemistry

Rhodes College's Loretta Jackson-Hayes argues that more STEM majors with liberal arts backgrounds are needed.


Foundations that offer research grants often have requirements for submitting progress reports that need to be followed.

A study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports women are now preferentially chosen over men for tenure-track positions in STEM.

As researchers spend more time in postdoc positions, others look for ways to change the system.

Lauren Celano at Nature Jobs describes the differences between the resume and the CV.