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January 2018

Grant recipients can still give objective advice : Nature News & Comment

Grant recipients can still give objective advice : Nature News & Comment

KEENPRESS/GettyMelting ice caps are raising sea levels.Scott Pruitt, administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), levelled a damning accusation against scientists on 31 October. In the interests of restoring scientific “integrity”, Pruitt signed a directive stating that the EPA would no longer allow researchers with active grants from the agency…

How Brexit is changing the lives of eight researchers : Nature News & Comment

How Brexit is changing the lives of eight researchers : Nature News & Comment

Magnus Bergström/KAW FoundationSwiss evolutionary biologist Simone Immler plans to continue her research in Britain.When the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union on 23 June last year, the decision triggered a period of intense soul-searching and uncertainty, not least for a research community with strong and long-standing financial and…

We Legitimize the ‘So-Called’ Confederacy With Our Vocabulary, and That’s a Problem

We Legitimize the ‘So-Called’ Confederacy With Our Vocabulary, and That’s a Problem

As the debate escalates over how we publicly remember the Civil War following the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, the passionate and contentious disputes have centered on symbols like monuments, street names and flags. According to a study by the Southern Poverty Law Center, at least 1,503 symbols to the…

How a Wii Handset Inspired a Low-Cost 3D Ultrasound

How a Wii Handset Inspired a Low-Cost 3D Ultrasound

Joshua Broder was using a Wii handset to bat a ping-pong ball back and forth when the idea struck. An emergency physician at Duke University Medical Center, he uses ultrasound to understand what’s happening inside a patient’s body, and treat wounds and illnesses. But the picture he gets, while rapid…

These Light-Emitting Pajamas Could Help Treat Newborns With Jaundice

These Light-Emitting Pajamas Could Help Treat Newborns With Jaundice

Watching a tiny baby undergo jaundice treatment alone in the blue glow of a bassinet can be tough on parents, who want to spend those first days holding their little bundle. And yet it’s common. Jaundice, the yellowness caused by the buildup of the bile pigment bilirubin in the blood,…

How China could make the most of its beamlines

How China could make the most of its beamlines

The China Spallation Neutron Source started producing neutron beamlines in August.Credit: Jin Liwang/Xinhua/ZUMAIn 2009, China opened what was at the time its costliest piece of scientific infrastructure — a 1.2-billion-yuan (US$176-million) synchrotron light source in Shanghai.The facility put China in an elite club, and produced impressive results, such as revealing the structure of…

Eight of the World’s Best Destinations for Stargazing

Eight of the World’s Best Destinations for Stargazing

The immensity of the universe is beautiful and humbling—the stars reminders of billions of lives spent, in astronomer Carl Sagan’s words, “on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.” But as our population grows, so too does light pollution, clouding the atmosphere and all that lies beyond it. Today,…

Thirteen Books That Informed and Delighted Smithsonian Scholars This Year

Thirteen Books That Informed and Delighted Smithsonian Scholars This Year

Books, long the wellspring of knowledge and inspiration, play a formative role at the Smithsonian Institution. The organization's thought leaders—a fiercely independent band of outspoken curators, historians, conservationists, educators, field scientists, archivists and researchers—take their books seriously.At the Smithsonian’s nine global research facilities and 19 museums, these men and women craft…

Genetic details of controversial ‘three-parent baby’ revealed : Nature News & Comment

Genetic details of controversial ‘three-parent baby’ revealed : Nature News & Comment

Courtesy of New Hope Fertility ClinicJohn Zhang holds the baby boy his clinic conceived using DNA from three people.When a US fertility clinic revealed last year that it had created a baby boy using a controversial technique that mixes DNA from three people, scientists were quick to raise the alarm.…

In a Czar-less Russia, Winning Was Easy. Governing Was Harder.

In a Czar-less Russia, Winning Was Easy. Governing Was Harder.

“The whole system of culture, the chief element in the condition of the people, must be completely transformed. Instead of poverty, general prosperity and content; instead of hostility, harmony and unity of interests. In short, a bloodless revolution, but a revolution of the greatest magnitude, beginning in the little circle…

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