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Neuroscientist Gina Rippon describes how and why she tackled the nature–nurture debate in her book The Gendered Brain , and the media furore it caused. Early research into schizophrenia alerted neuroscientist Gina Rippon to what she now calls the myth of the gendered brain, a term she used in the …
Extreme heatwaves: surprising lessons from the record warmth
From London to Shanghai, unprecedented heatwaves have scorched many parts of the world in recent weeks.
Hawaii law could break years-long astronomy impasse
A law signed by Hawaii’s governor removes the University of Hawaii from its role as the main authority overseeing the land on which the telescopes sit, and gives responsibility to a much broader representation of the community, including Native Hawaiians.
New Webb images: baby stars, colliding galaxies and hot exoplanets
NASA’s US$10-billion James Webb Space Telescope released four new scientific images on 12 July, including newborn stars sparkling through dramatic ‘cliffs’ of gas, and galaxies interacting in an intricate cosmic dance.
Russia’s war in Ukraine forces Arctic climate projects to pivot
Sander Veraverbeke had been keen to travel to Siberia to meet Russian collaborators and measure how vegetation affects emissions from Arctic wildfires. But in February, Russia invaded Ukraine, and Veraverbeke had to abandon his plans.
Surprising dust strike on Webb telescope has scientists on alert
Scientists expected the telescope to be dinged by space dust, but a relatively large hit in May has caused them to re-evaluate what they thought they knew.
After Roe v. Wade: US researchers warn of what’s to come
Years of studies point to the negative economic and health effects of restricting access to abortions.
‘Unsustainable’: how satellite swarms pose a rising threat to astronomy
This story broke the news that SpaceX is no longer putting sunshades on its Starlink satellites.
The $93-billion plan to put astronauts back on the Moon
An in-depth look at NASA's Artemis lunar program.
How a Brazilian dinosaur sparked a movement to decolonize fossil science
Rather than excitement, the discovery of the species set off a Latin American movement to stop colonial palaeontology.
Innovative therapies to tackle platinum-resistant ovarian cancer
Combining existing drugs with the targeting of biological features of ovarian tumours could extend life when platinum chemotherapy fails.
The $11-billion Webb telescope aims to probe the early Universe
A preview of the launch of the hugely ambitious, hugely challenged James Webb Space Telescope.
Alterations in mitochondrial DNA copy number and the activities of electron transport chain complexes and pyruvate dehydrogenase in the frontal cortex from subjects with autism
Accumulating evidence supports the hypothesis that mitochondrial dysfunction has an important role in the pathophysiology of autism. We recently reported decreased protein levels of mitochondrial ETC complexes in the cerebellum, frontal and temporal cortices of children with autism.6 These alterations were brain region-specific and were not observed in parietal and …
NASA won’t rename James Webb telescope — and astronomers are angry
The agency found no evidence that the flagship observatory’s namesake was involved in anti-LGBT+ activities, but some say that Webb bears responsibility.
Racism is magnifying the deadly impact of rising city heat
Scientists are mapping correlations between race, poverty and heat in cities, and suggesting solutions to reduce the dangers.
Forensic database challenged over ethics of DNA holdings
In March 2019, Moreau began looking into studies of minority populations in China. He spotted a 2017 review of almost 38,000 Y-chromosome profiles of men in China, held in the YHRD. It was co-authored by Willuweit and Roewer; other authors included researchers from Chinese public-security and police forces. “I realized …
Immune cells that remember inflammation could offer treatment targets for atherosclerosis
A type of immune-cell priming called trained immunity is helping researchers to understand the disease mechanisms behind the build up of fatty deposits in arteries.
‘We are being ignored’: Brazil’s researchers blame anti-science government for devastating COVID surge
More than a year after Brazil detected its first case of COVID-19, the country is facing its darkest phase of the pandemic yet. Researchers are devastated by the recent surge in cases and say that the government’s failure to follow science-based guidance in responding to the pandemic has made the …
Coronavirus variant threatens global recovery
You can also search for this author in PubMed Google Scholar A form of SARS-CoV-2 first identified in South Africa is spreading rapidly, with mutations that could stymie vaccination efforts around the world. You have full access to this article via your institution. The new coronavirus variant that emerged in …
Scandal over COVID vaccine trial at Peruvian universities spurs outrage
A clinical trial of COVID-19 vaccines in Peru has sparked outrage and triggered a series of high-profile resignations at universities and in government. Politicians, researchers and some of their family members who were not enrolled as trial participants nevertheless received vaccines — breaching standard protocols. Investigations are ongoing as the …
How to get started in quantum computing
Tempted to try your hand at a new technique? These tools will help you on your way.
The hunt for life on Mars: A visual guide to NASA’s latest mission
What the Perseverance rover intends to do in Jezero Crater as it collects rocks for return to Earth.
Will increasing traffic to the Moon contaminate its precious ice?
“We have an obligation to do no harm to future science investigations”, says Lisa Pratt, NASA's planetary-protection officer.
The ethical questions that haunt facial-recognition research
"In the study on Uyghur faces published by Wiley, the researchers didn’t gather photos from online, but said they took pictures of more than 300 Uyghur, Korean and Tibetan 18–22-year-old students at Dalian Minzu University in northeast China, where some of the scientists worked. Months after the study was published, …