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Something Fishy?

(August 23rd, 2016) It was one of those headline-grabbing news revelations - A recent study showed fish like to eat plastic microbeads. Now, an investigation at Uppsala University examines whether the study's data may be compromised.

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Science Fun of the Week

(August 19th, 2016) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. It starts with a joke...

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Collaborative Networks

(August 18th, 2016) A creative project, providing open access to 400 compounds with potential effects against malaria, recently resulted in more than a dozen drug development projects. Could this open source approach herald a new era for drug discovery?

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Practice What you Preach

(August 16th, 2016) When bold researchers meet courageous funding agencies; a new era of scientific integrity is about to begin. The Netherlands has launched the world’s first national fund dedicated to replication studies.

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The Ten Principles

(August 12th, 2016) Four of the UK’s leading research organisations have launched a concordat that proposes a series of clear and practical principles for working with research data.

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A Perfect Combination

(August 9th, 2016) Beer has played a part in the culture of many societies. A new study by Belgian scientists has decided to test the mutual benefits of beer and music. Teaming up with the UK indie rock group The Editors, they have looked at whether sound influences the way we perceive the taste of beer.

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New Tools Needed

(August 5th, 2016) If ever we want to win the fight against cancer, we have to join our forces. Last month, four international research bodies did exactly this and created the Human Cancer Models Initiative. Their goal? Developing better tools to study and, eventually, defeat the disease.

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Social Brain Scanning

(August 2nd, 2016) Laboratory mice, rats or flies rarely stay still when researchers want to see their brains at work. Steven Buckingham reports on several methods that have been designed to overcome this challenge.

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Wellcome Open Research: A Welcome Decision?

(July 29th, 2016) The Wellcome Trust plans to launch a free, open access publishing platform this autumn to accelerate research publishing and “support reproducibility and transparency” for researchers. Sounds good - but this initiative has also attracted considerable scepticism.

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Brexit: A Student Union’s Perspective

(July 26th, 2016) The UK vote to leave the EU was a shock for many academics. But not only professors and postdocs fear the imminent consequences of the Brexit, many things are at stake also for students.

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Statistical Misunderstandings

(July 21st, 2016) Victor Spoormaker of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities' Young Scholars Programme analyses the recent replication crisis in neuroscience and finds lessons for other life sciences. 

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Taxonomy GO

(July 19th, 2016) Europe is being overrun by cute little critters with funny names from Japan. Will better knowledge of their evolutionary history and relationship help us understand their biology?

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