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Driving Forward

(January 19th, 2017) Super-Mendelian inheritance is one of those terms that recently stopped being science fiction. It turned previous legislation into actual fact and made us wonder how to rule its science. This technology called “gene drivers” faced a ban from the United Nations last December. 

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“Many False Claims will End up Being Considered True”

(January 17th, 2017) In a recent article, a group of scientists lobby passionately for the publication of negative results. We spoke with first author, Silas Boye Nissen.

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Science Fun of the Week

(January 13th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Does it Fart?

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Science Forecasts

(January 12th, 2017) What's in store for science in 2017? Hans Clevers, Francis Levi and George Church look into the crystall ball and make their predictions.

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Happy Birthday, ERC!

(January 10th, 2017) This year, the European Research Council turns ten. Started as a pioneering experiment back in 2007, it has since become a genuine success story.

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Science Fun of the Week

(January 6th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Sex differences in idiotic behaviour.

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Welcome to our World

(January 4th, 2017) Just when you thought, all the world's animals, plants and fungi have been discovered, new species pop up in unusual places - on Facebook, the deep sea and even in Europe. Here's our selection of newly-described species.

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Festive Science

(December 22nd, 2016) At the future Centre of Excellence for Santa Claus Research, four Norwegian scientists revealed Santa's undercover identity and the relationship between him, his subordinates and the children he visits.

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Easy Processing

(December 20th, 2016) Responding to their colleagues' desire of quickly exploring bioimage data in a reproducible fashion, UK scientists developed a new open source tool for image analysis that requires only a minimum amount of programming skills.

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Science Fun of the Week

(December 16th, 2016) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Tasting Feet! 

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‘Narcissism in Science’ Part 3: Solutions?

(December 15th, 2016) Bruno Lemaitre, Professor of Genetics at EPFL, recently published a book about narcissism in science. In this 3-part interview, LT reporter, Jeremy Garwood, talked with him about his findings and how they might improve our scientific outlook.

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‘Narcissism in Science’ Part 2: Bad Behaviour

(December 13th, 2016) Bruno Lemaitre, Professor of Genetics at EPFL, recently published a book about narcissism in science. In this 3-part interview, LT reporter, Jeremy Garwood, talked with him about his findings and how they might improve our scientific outlook.

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