A study suggesting papers and patents that change the course of science are becoming less dominant is prompting soul-searching — and lively debate about why, and what to do about it.
Maths made the modern world — and everyone stands to gain from the acknowledgment that the world made maths.
Satellite navigation systems for lunar settlements will require local atomic clocks. Scientists are working out what time they will keep.
Genomic surveillance is crucial for tracking the next ‘variant of concern’, but many countries are winding back their monitoring.
Sanctions on Priyanga Amarasekare have baffled supporters, who think they are retaliation for speaking out against discrimination.
A variant of H5N1 influenza that can spread between mammals could pose an increased risk to people and wild animals.
Study ties common viruses such as flu to Alzheimer’s and other conditions — but the analysis has limitations, researchers warn.
Earthquake data hint that the inner core stopped rotating faster than the rest of the planet in 2009, but not all researchers agree.
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Engineering the energies of ultracold molecules when they collide has been shown to enhance the probability that they will form complexes — an exciting prospect for precisely controlled chemistry.
The neurotransmitter dopamine has well-established roles in reward-driven behaviours, such as searching for food. The discovery that it also shapes spontaneous behaviour reveals parallels between these two phenomena.
Regions of the human genome that evolved rapidly after the separation between hominins and chimpanzees have now been charted. They contain genomic elements that are unique to humans and are linked to neurodevelopment and disease.
The discovery of bacterial compounds that have antifungal properties opens up opportunities for the development of agents that protect crops from a devastating disease.
When a semiconductor material called black phosphorus is hit with intense laser light, the behaviour of its electrons is found to change. The discovery opens a route to time-dependent engineering of exotic electronic phases in solids.
Daily rhythms affect many aspects of mammalian biology. A discovery in mice that the activity of a key type of immune cell is shaped by such rhythms might have implications for clinical efforts to tackle cancer.
Impaired sensory-nerve function is a common complication of diabetes. Evidence in mice indicates that deficiency of the amino acid serine causes these complications — and suggests that supplements could help to treat them.