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Scientists from around the globe gathered for annual ceremony celebrating research that ‘first makes you laugh, then makes you think’.
Researchers seeking science funding can be big losers in the equality and diversity game.
The ballooning costs of attending high-end academic conferences are excluding early-career researchers. But we need their fresh perspectives
The correspondence, dating from 1949 to 1954, was found by an academic in a storeroom at the University of Manchester.
Bo Rothstein quits Blavatnik School of Government post after learning that patron is a major financial backer of US president.
If we can get our minds around Premier League statistics, we can handle experimental science, writes physics professor Tom McLeish
The meaningless tasks and faux-business strategies prioritised by British universities have skewed their real role, writes André Spicer
Academics pressure publisher as Beijing mouthpiece says western institutions can leave if they don’t like ‘the Chinese way’
Academics and activists decry publisher’s decision to comply with a Chinese request to block more than 300 articles from leading China studies journal.
A paper on conformal algebra has recently caused a stir on social media. Not because of the science, but rather the heartfelt plea in the acknowledgements.
Support for the Google ‘manifesto’ on gender difference recalls the rationale of eugenics.
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