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Censorship of addiction research is an abuse of science

Christopher Furlong/Getty Addiction research can produce results that governments and funders are not keen to share. Kypros Kypri was pleased to receive funding from a government agency in the Australian state of New South Wales to study problem drinking. But when the contract arrived in 2012, he was surprised to find a demand that the agency could review and sign ...

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Cell maps reveal fresh details on how the immune system fights cancer

Steve Gschmeissner/SPL The immune cells (orange) that respond to tumours are more diverse than previously thought. Detailed maps of the immune cells that surround tumours could suggest fresh therapeutic targets, point out biological markers that can be used to select the patients most likely to respond to a given therapy, and offer insights into the best time to start administering ...

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NIH grant limits rile biomedical research community

Andrew Seng/Sacramento Bee/ZUMA The average age at which a researcher wins her first major NIH grant has risen over the past few decades. A decision by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to limit its grant support for individual researchers has sparked concerns that the policy could discourage collaboration or divert funding from the best science. The move has ...

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Science struggles on in my ravaged country

Last month, we buried a student from my university. According to fellow students who were with him at the time of his death, he was killed while demonstrating for the reinstatement of democracy: a soldier from the National Guard fired a tear-gas canister at close range that hit him in the chest. He is one of some 40 people, most ...

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Brainstorming is not the way to discuss scientific issues

H. Armstrong Roberts/Classic Stock/Mary Evans Brainstorms have been around for decades, but it’s not clear they work. The idea was simple. Strapped for cash and searching for ways to persuade funders to be more generous, one Italian scientist had a brainwave. Why couldn’t researchers trade their old microscopes for cash? The car company Fiat, after all, ran a scheme that ...

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Beware the anti-science label

Sovfoto/UIG/Getty Agrobiologist Trofim Lysenko used his political influence to push anti-science ideas into Soviet science and education. Antimatter annihilates matter. Anti-science, it is said, destroys what matters. And fears are increasing that anti-science forces are on the march. Indeed, on last month’s March for Science, a ‘war on science’ was frequently invoked as a reason for researchers to mobilize. Signs ...

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Ghana telescope heralds first pan-African array

SKA SA An old communications dish in Ghana is taking on a new role as a radio telescope. In a milestone for African astronomy, engineers have converted an old telecommunications dish in Ghana into the continent’s first functioning radio telescope outside South Africa. The telescope, in Kuntunse near Accra, is the first of an array of such instruments expected to ...

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Satellite images reveal gaps in global population data

Thomas Dworzak/Magnum A crowded market in Lagos. Satellite-image-processing technology can estimate population density from the layout of streets and buildings. Nigerian health officials won’t have to rely on flawed, decade-old census data when they plan deliveries of the measles vaccine next year. Instead, they will have access to what may be the most detailed and up-to-date population map ever produced ...

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Science publishers try new tack to combat unauthorized paper sharing

Ross Mounce knows that when he shares his research papers online, he may be doing something illegal — if he uploads the final version of a paper that has appeared in a subscription-based journal. Publishers who own copyright on such papers frown on their unauthorized appearance online. Yet when Mounce has uploaded his paywalled articles to ResearchGate, a scholarly social network likened ...

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DIY gene engineering, an attack on Darwinism and a probe into Nazi science.

Politics | Funding | People | Publishing | Events | Policy | Education | Trend watch | Coming up POLITICS Pro-Europe win raises scientists’ hopes Researchers in France reacted with relief and optimism to Emmanuel Macron’s sweeping victory in the country’s presidential elections on 7 May. Macron decisively defeated his far-right opponent Marine Le Pen, the leader of the Front ...

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