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The Science of Holidays

(June 17th, 2016) Summer brings delight: at least that’s what you might think. Scientific literature suggests that the idea of what is good or bad weather is highly individual, that even short breaks can be therapeutic and that, on holiday, you’d do well completely to forget about work.

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A Double-Edged Sword

(June 14th, 2016) After the UK granted scientists the permission to manipulate human embryos a few months ago, The Netherlands has now followed suit. Recently, the Dutch government said it would allow their scientists to grow human embryos for “limited” research. A mistake or a chance for science?

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Honey, I Shrunk the Organs

(June 8th, 2016) This year’s Körber European Science Prize goes to Dutch professor of molecular genetics, Hans Clevers, for developing a procedure to grow miniature guts and livers from adult stem cells.

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Would you or Would you Not?

(June 7th, 2016) How does the public really feel about data privacy, especially when it’s about their medical data? To find out, the Wellcome Trust is currently conducting a survey.

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Computer-supported Review

(June 3rd, 2016) The London-based open access publisher BioMed Central is currently testing a text-mining application called StatReviewer. The software is expected to free the reviewers of clinical trial manuscripts from the more unpopular tasks.

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The Dark Side of Open Access

(June 1st, 2016) Publishers want to shut it down; scientists love it. The Sci-Hub repository of research articles provides a valuable service to the research community. Will it ever be able to come out of hiding?

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When Big Data isn’t Big Enough

(May 30th, 2016) Each day, shedloads of genomics data are generated in labs around the world. DNAdigest wants to make it available to all researchers, free of charge.

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The End of Waiting

(May 27th, 2016) In the current print issue, Lab Times reported on a serious case of plagiarism in the Journal of Biochemical Systematics and Ecology published by Elsevier. Now, after 14 months, the fraudulent paper is finally retracted.

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Shall we ‘Go with the Grain’?

(May 25th, 2016) Porridge with milk – and a look of displeasure – this is how many of our childhood mornings looked like. However, a new science-backed cookbook shows that oats and barley can be both healthy and delicious alternatives to rice or pasta.

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The Magic Trick Lies in the Eye of the Beholder

(May 23rd, 2016) How do magicians deceive their audience? It’s all a matter of manipulating our attention, say two neuroscientists from the UK and Japan.

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The Ethics of Peer Review: The End? (5/5)

(May 19th, 2016) Peer review is at the heart of research communication. However, the process is far from perfect and many problems have been identified. Among them, ethical questions about the responsible conduct of reviewers who can wield considerable power behind a cloak of anonymity.

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The Ethics of Peer Review: ‘Open’ Reviewing (4/5)

(May 17th, 2016) Peer review is at the heart of research communication. However, the process is far from perfect and many problems have been identified. Among them, ethical questions about the responsible conduct of reviewers who can wield considerable power behind a cloak of anonymity.

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