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From declining royal honour to refusing to sit for a portrait, correspondences show co-discoverer of evolutionary theory avoiding publicity.
It is an industry like no other, with profit margins to rival Google – and it was created by one of Britain’s most notorious tycoons: Robert Maxwell.
Evaluating academic performance on the basis of journal publications is skewing research priorities. This does our public funders a disservice.
Crispr inventor Jennifer Doudna talks about discovering the gene-editing tool, the split with her collaborator and the complex ethics of genetic manipulation.
David Spiegelhalter, president of Royal Statistical Society, says sloppy attitude to statistics leads to misleading claims and draws parallels to rise of fake news
Facts are the science world’s stock-in-trade, but in an era of fake news it is ever more important to build public trust by avoiding exaggerated claims and jargon.
I recently decided to abandon the rules that govern nature for the rules that govern people and markets: economics. Why would I do such a thing?
Academic journals don’t select the research they publish on scientific rigour alone. So why aren’t academics taking to the streets about this?
Funding research solely on the basis of excellence ignores the crucial role science plays in improving local economies and societies
Fresh concerns over reliability of papers published in journals as suspicious statistical patterns prompt investigations into some of the identified trials
Oxford’s decision on compulsory retirement raises pressing questions about fairness – and what is best for academia as a whole.
Peer review recognition company Publons is set to expand under new owners. Could this boost peer review and stop it being seen as an onerous, thankless task?
The evolution to a high-profit industry was never planned. Academics need to make the case for lower-cost journals.
As technology renders jobs obsolete, what will keep us busy? Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari examines ‘the useless class’ and a new quest for purpose
Breaking the cycle in which only highly profitable drugs reach the market is not just the responsibility of government.
Jürgen Schmidhuber says artificial intelligence will surpass humans’ in 2050, enabling robots to have fun, fall in love – and colonise the galaxy.
Science isn’t just about explosions. But can children as young as 3 understand what it’s really about?
When I first received one of your reports, I lay on the couch hugging a cushion. Then rage set in and I wanted to prove you wrong.
IVF technique uses DNA from three people to prevent genetic diseases being passed on, and could be offered by Newcastle clinic from this summer.
Misconduct in academia isn’t rampant but should be taken more seriously: let’s consider independent anti-corruption units