Nobel-winning ‘natural experiments’ approach made economics more robust
Joshua Angrist, Guido Imbens and David Card share the prize for finding a way to identify cause and effect in social science.
How the world’s biggest brain maps could transform neuroscience
Scientists around the world are working together to catalogue and map cells in the brain. What have these huge projects revealed about how it works?
High-profile autism genetics project paused amid backlash
Study aimed at collecting DNA from 10,000 autistic people and their families has drawn criticism for failing to consult the autism community.
This is what a solid made of electrons looks like
Physicists have imaged elusive ‘Wigner crystals’ for the first time.
Will NASA’s Moon rover find enough of the ice it seeks?
News of VIPER’s future landing site sparks concern about its exploration plan.
How far will global population rise? Researchers can’t agree
The United Nations forecasts that nearly 11 billion people will be living on Earth at the end of the century, but other demographic research groups project that population will peak earlier and at a much lower level.
New type of dark energy could solve Universe expansion mystery
Hints of a previously unknown, primordial form of the substance could explain why the cosmos now seems to be expanding faster than theory predicts.
Trove of CRISPR-like gene-cutting enzymes found in microbes
The search for a CRISPR enzyme’s ancestors has revealed more than one million potential genome-editing tools.
Most fossil-fuel reserves must remain untapped to hit 1.5 °C warming goal
Modelling suggests that many planned coal, oil and gas extraction projects will not be viable if the world hopes to achieve climate targets.