Bias detectives: the researchers striving to make algorithms fair
As machine learning infiltrates society, scientists are trying to help ward off injustice.
How will you judge me if not by impact factor?
Stop saying that publication metrics don’t matter, and tell early-career researchers what does, says John Tregoning.
Speedy Ebola tests help contain Africa’s latest outbreak
Health workers battling Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo can diagnose the virus in hours, instead of days.
Sucking carbon dioxide from air is cheaper than scientists thought
Estimated cost of geoengineering technology to fight climate change has plunged since a 2011 analysis.
These labs are remarkably diverse — here’s why they’re winning at science
Being inclusive gives research groups a competitive edge. It also happens to be the right thing to do.
The researchers who study alien linguistics
Nature speaks to linguist Sheri Wells-Jensen who co-hosted a workshop about the challenges of communicating with extraterrestrials.
Money for nothing: the truth about universal basic income
Several projects are testing the idea of doling out funds that people can use however they want.
Muons: the little-known particles helping to probe the impenetrable
The ubiquitous particles are helping to map the innards of pyramids and volcanoes, and spot missing nuclear waste.
How gut microbes are joining the fight against cancer
The intestinal microbiome seems to influence how well some cancer drugs work. But is the science ripe for clinical trials?
Hawaii volcano eruption holds clues to predicting similar events elsewhere
Scientists scramble to analyze data from Kilauea, which shot ash 9 kilometres into the atmosphere.