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Dreams of the Stone Age dated for first time in southern Africa

0SHARESShare Adelphine Bonneau These rock paintings in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, along with others in Botswana and Lesotho, have now been accurately dated for the first time. Scientists have directly dated Stone Age rock paintings in southern Africa reliably for the first time. Their work reveals that early hunter-gatherer peoples created art at three sites in the region, some ...

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Europe’s billion-euro quantum project takes shape

Ion Quantum Technology Group, Univ. Sussex Quantum computers are Europe’s next big project. As China and the United States threaten to corner the market on quantum technologies, Europe is slowly waking up to the opportunity with investment of its own. A year ago, the European Commission announced that it would create a €1-billion (US$1.1-billion) research effort in the field, and ...

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Party drug’s power to fight depression puzzles scientists​

Gianni Muratore/Alamy In dance clubs, the drug ketamine is popular for its mood-altering ability. The anaesthetic ketamine — a hallucinogenic club drug also known as Special K — has tantalized researchers who are seeking new ways to treat depression. The drug can lift a person’s mood in hours, even when depression is severe. But several ‘ketamine-like’ medications have failed to alleviate ...

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BioRxiv preprint server gets cash boost from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Beck Diefenbach/REUTERS Mark Zuckerberg (left) and his wife Priscilla Chan gave a funding boost to the bioRxiv preprint server through their philanthropic initiative. BioRxiv, the hub for preliminary versions of biology research papers, has announced that it will begin receiving “significant” financial support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), a philanthropic effort started by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his ...

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No researcher is too junior to fix science

0SHARESShare Thousands of researchers took to the streets last month to march for science. It is time to channel this energy into shaping scientific culture. We all love to complain how the system for doing science thwarts ideal practice. Researchers reap more rewards for publishing flashy papers than for doing solid work, and the two do not always align. Everyone ...

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Arctic drilling, controversial reforms and new views of Saturn

0SHARESShare Space | Publishing | Funding | Conservation | Politics | Policy | People | Trend watch | Coming up SPACE Cassini catches new views of Saturn NASA’s Cassini spacecraft plunged between Saturn and its rings on 26 April, beginning the final stages of its 20-year mission. At its closest, Cassini whizzed just 300 kilometres from the innermost visible edge ...

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Researchers frustrated by Italian misconduct probe

0SHARESShare Roberto Caccuri/Contrasto/eyevine The University of Naples, where Italian police have been investigating allegations of research misconduct since 2012. More than five years ago, Italian police began investigating allegations of research misconduct in papers by Alfredo Fusco, a prominent cancer scientist in Naples. Researchers frustrated by the case’s slow progress have now told Nature that there is strong evidence that ...

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Integrity starts with the health of research groups

0SHARESShare Keith Brofsky/Getty More lab heads must scrutinize the data and attitudes of researchers they work with. Last month, the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a report called Fostering Integrity in Research. Later this month, the 5th World Conference on Research Integrity will be held in Amsterdam. Over the years, universities have followed some funders’ mandates ...

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Increased scrutiny of climate-change models should be welcomed

0SHARESShare Leisa Tyler/LightRocket via Getty Warming oceans bleach coral and have helped to explain a claimed global-warming pause. Climate-science denial is quick to recognize opportunity. And its action follows a predictable, two-stage pattern. Step one: invent a false narrative claiming that the mainstream scientific community expects climate change to proceed as an uninterrupted, ineluctable process. Step two: pounce on any ...

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Trump’s empty chairs rob science of a voice in government

0SHARESShare Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Donald Trump has failed to fill key scientific positions within his first 100 days as president. For more than 80 years, the US media and political scholars have gauged a new president’s potential on the basis of his administration’s performance in its first 100 days. The time-honoured — if increasingly tiresome — tradition began when Franklin Delano ...

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