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DILLINGHAM, Alaska—Tom Marsik and Kristin Donaldson are building a house a few minutes’ drive from the center of this small city, a two-story model with peat-brown vinyl siding that blends easily with the yellows and golds of the tundra in early autumn. The location is stunning, but it’s only from the inside that you see the building’s defining characteristic: White-painted walls that are more than two feet thick.

In an op-ed on Politico.com, AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner today denounced a report by U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) and John McCain (R-Arizona) that satirizes cherry-picked research projects and misrepresents a number of valid research investigations as government waste.

A mysterious drop in water vapor in Earth’s stratosphere has likely contributed to the recent slowdown in increasing global surface temperatures, according to new research in Science.