Astronomy is losing women three times faster than men
Analysis of recruitment data strongly supports anecdotal evidence that the field struggles to retain women early in their careers.
The approach to predictive medicine that is taking genomics research by storm
Polygenic risk scores represent a giant leap for gene-based diagnostic tests. Here’s why they’re still so controversial.
Syphilis cases in US newborns spike to 20-year high
Nearly 1,000 babies were born with the infection in 2017.
Denisovan hybrid cave yields four more hominin bones
The ancient human remains were found using a method that can scan thousands of bones relatively quickly.
A new way to capture the brain’s electrical symphony
How voltage readings from individual neurons could power the next revolution in neuroscience.
Reducing neuronal inhibition restores locomotion in paralysed mice
Spinal-cord injury can render intact neuronal circuits functionally dormant. Targeted reduction of neuronal inhibition in the injured region has now enabled reactivation of these circuits in mice, restoring basic locomotion.
The landmark lectures of physicist Erwin Schrödinger helped to change attitudes in biology
Influence of his book ‘What is Life?’ celebrated and discussed 75 years on.
Radical open-access plan could spell end to journal subscriptions
Eleven research funders in Europe announce ‘Plan S’ to make all scientific works free to read as soon as they are published.
LHC physicists finally uncover Higgs ‘bottom’ decay
A signal indicating that the boson decays into bottom quarks had been difficult to pick out from data.
Autism and DDT: What one million pregnancies can — and can’t — reveal
Analysis finds that prenatal exposure to the pesticide is associated with a higher risk of severe autism with intellectual impairment.