The petition to build a Death Star has been turned down by the White House. The official government response, peppered with references to Star Wars and to Obama’s science policies, quickly went viral. Ars Technica calls it science communications done right: “Not only is it funny and compelling—it’s certainly both—but it shows how to turn an unlikely opportunity into a great platform for promoting science”.
Researchers at the University of Toronto have found evidence of bias in breast cancer research, both about the efficacy of treatments and their toxicity. This should be completely unsurprising to anyone familiar with the current literature on the funding of biomedical research.