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More than 2,000 signatories urge a national consortium of French academic institutions to refuse an increase in journal subscription fees.

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A group of around 300 whales produced 184 distinct songs over just a few years, according to a new study.

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Eight papers by Suchitra Sumitran-Holgersson, a tissue engineer at the University of Gothenburg, have been flagged for image manipulation.

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In an unusual evolutionary twist, local stick spiders have come up with an almost identical repertoire of color morphs in multiple locations.

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image: Italian Scientist’s Retraction Count Hits 15

Italian Scientist’s Retraction Count Hits 15

By Diana Kwon | March 5, 2018

Alfredo Fusco, a once prominent cancer researcher, has been under investigation for alleged research misconduct since 2012.

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Poecilia formosa, an all-female fish species, has a surprisingly robust genome. 

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image: South Korean Universities Make Deal with Elsevier

South Korean Universities Make Deal with Elsevier

By Katarina Zimmer | January 17, 2018

A consortium of 300 universities and college libraries had taken a strong stance against the publishing giant’s price hikes. 

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image: California’s Owls Being Exposed to Rat Poison

California’s Owls Being Exposed to Rat Poison

By Catherine Offord | January 15, 2018

Researchers suspect the source of the toxins may be some of the state’s 50,000 or so marijuana farms.

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image: <em>PNAS</em> Editor-in-Chief Placed on Leave

PNAS Editor-in-Chief Placed on Leave

By Katarina Zimmer | January 5, 2018

In a gender discrmination lawsuit against the Salk Institute, a female scientist alleges that biologist Inder Verma was dismissive of his female colleagues. 

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Fazlul Sarkar had unsuccessfully sued PubPeer to reveal the identity of a commenter who accused him of research misconduct.

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