More is less in the world of research publications.
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The traditional mode of publishing scientific research faces much criticism – primarily for being too slow and sometimes shoddily done. Maybe fewer publications of higher quality is the way forward.
One of Newcastle’s macaque monkeys.
Without research on primates, we wouldn't be able to understand the human brain – or repair it.
Experiment design affects the quality of the results.
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Embracing more rigorous scientific methods would mean getting science right more often than we currently do. But the way we value and reward scientists makes this a challenge.
Climate change and the current El Niño have left Africans more vulnerable than ever to hunger.
Economic growth alone won't end hunger. Good policies and programmes are needed, too. Scientists and researchers have a role to play in these initiatives.
Can new ideas break through preconceived notions?
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The very goal of science, to discover the new and unknown, is hampered by any outdated personal beliefs scientists hold.
Available online: Georgetown’s high-throughput equipment for biomarker staining.
Science and technology research has become so complicated and expensive that a gap has grown between the experiments scientists would like to do and what they have the means to do.
Extra, extra! The embargo’s lifted, read all about it.
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Sometimes big research news bypasses the usual scientific publishing process. Here's why that's not good for scientists or the public.
Flint, Michigan residents couldn’t get answers about their water – so they did their own research.
A new model of citizen-led science is emerging – as in the case of Flint, Michigan's poisoned water. Rather than simply supporting scientists, citizens ask their own questions and set the research agenda.
If scientists’ knowledge is segregated in non-overlapping silos, there can’t be cross-pollination between fields.
Scientists often prioritize deep goals over broad ones. But today's "wicked" problems demand an interdisciplinary approach. A new study shows how they can tweak work styles to alter their deep/broad ratio.
There is amazing research and knowledge coming out of Africa – you just need to know where to look.
African research is largely invisible, kept in the shadows by publishing barriers and structural obstacles. A platform built in Brazil and rolled out across the developing world could be the solution.
Run a study again and again – should the results hit the same bull’s-eye every time?
The field of psychology is trying to absorb a recent big study that was able to replicate only 36 out of 100 major research papers. That finding is an issue, but maybe not for the reason you think.
What time do you think it’s safe for me to leave work?
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Despite macho career advice, it's time for scientists – and everyone else – to understand that the point is to work smarter, not longer and to strive for a realistic and livable work/life balance.
If you map the world by scientific research output, things look rather uneven.
There are huge global inequalities in knowledge production and exchange. What drives this inequality and how can it be corrected?
Running the world's largest particle accelerator requires a lot of energy, but it could reveal the secrets of the universe.
Putting the power of the crowd to work could raise more money for scientific research.
‘This finding, like this stock image, is uncredible!’
Scientific discoveries have moulded modern society. But the reliability of scientific results have recently been called into question. How will scientists solve this problem?
The BICEP2 telescope at twilight at the South Pole. The supporting data for the inflation of the universe have also gone off into the sunset.
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Last March, the BICEP2 collaboration announced that they had used a microwave telescope at the South Pole to detect primordial gravitational waves. These tiny ripples in spacetime would be the first proof…
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In order to improve something, we need to be able to measure its quality. This is true in public policy, in commercial industries, and also in science. Like other fields, science has a growing need for…
No work. No fun. No science.
As a researcher funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), since October 1, I’ve known that I will be not be receiving my monthly fellowship. This has meant that my work, investigating genes…