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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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Does the End Justify the Means?

(July 15th, 2016) A few weeks ago, we gave you the latest news from the Sci-Hub corner in “The Dark Side of Open Access”. Delving deeper into the matter, our author, Hans Zauner, discovers that there is indeed a dark side to the paper piracy portal.

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Don’t Pay Twice for your Oranges

(July 12th, 2016) May was a momentous month for science. World leaders called for scientific publications to be made freely available for all and some scientists, including David Fernig, went on a review strike.

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The ‘Google Earth’ of Biology

(July 7th, 2016) Get ready to visit the largest ever digital zoo, OneZoom. On display: all life forms on earth, including their evolutionary relationships.

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A Major Honour

(July 5th, 2016) Unravelling the mysteries of flowering and vernalisation, British plant biologist, Caroline Dean, recently received royal recognition.

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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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