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Can DNA Sampling Finally Unveil the Loch Ness Monster?
26 May
6:15

Can DNA Sampling Finally Unveil the Loch Ness Monster?

The Loch Ness Monster has captured the popular imagination since 1933, when a photo surfaced of the mythical creature, long neck slinking out of the water. The photo has since then been dispelled as a hoax (it turned out, the creature pictured was a toy submarine with a fake snakehead […]

A call to arms against the other retrovirus
24 May
5:56

A call to arms against the other retrovirus

The discovery of the first human retrovirus in 1980 was a minor scientific sensation. Researchers knew retroviruses—which transcribe their RNA genome into DNA and integrate it into a host cell’s genome—existed in animals. But until Robert Gallo, then at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, found the human T-cell […]

Scientists are declaring war against a leukemia-causing virus that has infected millions
23 May
5:33

Scientists are declaring war against a leukemia-causing virus that has infected millions

In some aboriginal communities in Australia, almost half the people over age 50 are infected with HTLV-1. ANOEK DE GROOT/AFP/GETTY IMAGES By Kai KupferschmidtMay. 23, 2018 , 1:30 PM The discovery of the first human retrovirus in 1980 was a minor scientific sensation. Researchers knew retroviruses—which transcribe their RNA genome […]

Science fiction and the People’s Republic: the fantastic truth about China
22 May
1:00

Science fiction and the People’s Republic: the fantastic truth about China

by Alec Ash In 1902, Liang Qichao, a reformist intellectual of the late Qing dynasty, wrote a futuristic story called A Chronicle of the Future of New China. In the unfinished manuscript, he depicts Shanghai hosting the World Fair in 1962 (“Confucius year 2513”), on the 50th anniversary of a successful […]

PM speech on science and modern Industrial Strategy: 21 May 2018
21 May
1:03

PM speech on science and modern Industrial Strategy: 21 May 2018

Introduction Jodrell Bank was established in 1945, in a Britain rebuilding in the aftermath of the Second World War. Motors from the gun turrets of battleships were built into the machinery used to rotate the dish of the awesome Lovell Telescope behind me. The first scientists to use it were […]

Teachers live-steaming science from the high seas into their classrooms
20 May
12:23

Teachers live-steaming science from the high seas into their classrooms

Updated May 20, 2018 11:35:31 Photo: Teachers Christie Evans and Callum Hollingsworth went live with lessons from the RV Investigator. (Supplied: CSIRO) Related Story: Probe reveals Bass Strait shipwreck after ‘chance encounter’ A group of Australian school teachers and educators are heading home after a week on the high seas […]

Congressman Blames Sea Level Rise on Falling Rocks, Is Very Wrong
18 May
9:44

Congressman Blames Sea Level Rise on Falling Rocks, Is Very Wrong

Are the White Cliffs of Dover responsible for global sea level rise? Congressman Mo Brooks says yes. Credit: Shutterstock Global sea levels are rising at an alarming rate, posing a serious threat to human and animal populations around the world. Scientists attribute a big chunk of this rise to […]

Ashley Smart named associate director of the Knight Science Journalism Program
16 May
9:12

Ashley Smart named associate director of the Knight Science Journalism Program

The Knight Science Journalism Program (KSJ) at MIT has announced that Ashley Smart, senior editor at Physics Today and former KSJ fellow, will be joining the team in August as associate director. As associate director, Smart will play a central role in helping to manage KSJ — an elite mid-career […]

Scientists discover a new type of magnetic event
16 May
10:23

Scientists discover a new type of magnetic event

<!– googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘post_link_unit’); }); –> [embedded content] Space scientists recently uncovered a new type of magnetic event in the near-Earth environment. The new event happens just outside the outer boundary of Earth’s magnetosphere – the sphere around Earth within which our world’s magnetic field is the dominant field – […]

Some hard numbers on science’s leadership problems
16 May
10:12

Some hard numbers on science’s leadership problems

NEWS FEATURE 16 May 2018 A Nature survey of 3,200 scientists reveals the tensions bubbling in research groups around the world. Richard Van Noorden Search for this author in: Illustration by Marco Goran Romano Scientists pride themselves on being keen observers, but many seem to have trouble spotting the problems […]