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A typical journal article contains the results of only one analysis pipeline, by one set of analysts. Even in the best of circumstances, there is reason to think that judicious alternative analyses would yield different outcomes. For example, in 2020, the UK Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling asked nine teams to calculate the reproduction
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Chilean researchers discovered the country’s first complete ichthyosaur and over two dozen additional fossils, thanks to a melting glacier in Patagonia. Intensive Study Meet “Fiona”, Chile’s first complete ichthyosaur, a pregnant mother recovered from a glacier in Patagonia! I’m thrilled to have been part of this incredible expedition led by my good friend and colleague,
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People in Santiago are vaccinated against influenza.Credit: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters/Alamy Influenza vaccines have a surprising health benefit: they might also prevent COVID-19, particularly in its most severe forms1. A study of more than 30,000 health-care workers in Qatar found that those who got a flu jab were nearly 90% less likely to develop severe COVID-19 over
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Tuberculosis thrives in Mumbai’s cramped slums.Credit: Atul Loke/The New York Times/Redux/eyevine The Phantom Plague: How Tuberculosis Shaped History Vidya Krishnan PublicAffairs (2022) In 2020, while all eyes were on COVID-19, tuberculosis infected nearly 10 million people globally and killed 1.5 million. It was also the first year since 2005 that the number of deaths from
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I’m sorry I set fire to your foot. You’d been gone for two months by then, on your third or fourth life, I never could tell. Your brainwaves were going crazy, the base sine jumping all over the scanner read-out. Even your heart rate was mad: 150 beats per minute. Neural feedback leakage; your heart
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Climate change has not been a major feature of Australia’s election campaign, despite many parts of the country feeling its effects.Credit: Don Arnold/Getty Scientists in Australia are despondent ahead of the country’s election next week. They say neither the government nor the main opposition party have made sufficient pledges to address issues surrounding research funding,
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Credit: Getty I have spent a substantial amount of time on a project that was not fun. I did the majority of the work, and it ultimately came to nothing. Finding great collaborators, and being able to work with them productively, is one of the most important predictors of success. Others’ ideas about what makes
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Mohammed Shaaban is now based in London.Credit: Michael Bowles/The Francis Crick Institute In January 2011, I was fresh from completing my bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and chemistry at Fayoum University in Egypt, when demonstrations against the Egyptian regime culminated in a revolution. One direct outcome of the revolution was the inauguration of the Zewail City
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Where Futures Converge Robert Buderi MIT Press (2022) Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been dubbed “the most innovative square mile on earth”. Neighbouring the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it is a centre for life-sciences companies, tech firms and start-ups, from Moderna to IBM. One building with a history including the first long-distance telephone call
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The falling body size of North Atlantic right whales may have serious ramifications for the species’ survival. According to new studies, smaller females have fewer calves. Previous studies revealed that North Atlantic right whales are shrinking in size, owing in part to frequent interconnections in fishing gear. According to the current results, minimizing the effects
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Europe’s first farming populations descend mostly from farmers in the Anatolian peninsula, in what is now Turkey.Credit: Fatih Kurt/Anadolu Agency/Getty Sometime before 12,000 years ago, nomadic hunter-gatherers in the Middle East made one of the most important transitions in human history: they began staying put and took to farming. A pair of ancient-DNA studies1,2 —
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RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT 11 May 2022 Technique allows scientists to follow evolution in subpopulations of tumour cells — including those that spread in the body. A lung tumour. Populations of cells can evolve in different ways inside a tumour. Credit: Steve Gschmeissner/Science Photo Library Before they invade other parts of the body, tumours can grow silently
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The brightest extra-galactic pulsar has been identified in the Large Magellanic Cloud (pictured).Credit: Pennock et al. A ‘galaxy’ is unmasked as a pulsar — the brightest outside the Milky Way Astronomers have confirmed that an object they thought was a distant galaxy is actually the brightest extra-galactic pulsar ever seen. The team made the discovery
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Many creatures share the desire to hide and disappear, and some take “fading-away” to new heights. According to academics at Binghamton University, State University of New York, a tropical spider species utilizes an “air film” to conceal itself underwater from predators for up to 30 minutes. Spiders can hide underwater (Photo : DAMIEN MEYER/AFP via
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In this image, I am using a cell sorter to isolate dendritic cells — a type of blood cell — from mice with cancer. There are relatively few of these cells in the body, but they have a crucial role in the function of the immune system. They incite the immune system to act against
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Tuberculosis has been a scourge of humanity for millennia: the oldest known cases are in a pair of 9,000-year-old skeletons. Despite modern therapies, the disease affects about ten million people a year. It’s challenging both to treat, and to study in the laboratory. Part of the difficulty is that the bacterium that causes it, Mycobacterium
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Renewable energy has been increasing in importance over recent years as the world’s limited natural resources, such as power supplies and fuel, continue to decline amid a population spike and globalization. An energy crisis has been reported in some countries, placing the burden on both policymakers and scientists alike. In the latest development concerning the
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A sign in Moscow displays currency exchange rates. Unpredictable economic consequences followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.Credit: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty When Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February, nobody expected that the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada and other nations would isolate Russia from the global economy in retaliation.
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You could say that medicine is in my blood. My father was a surgeon. My grandfather, Rafael Hill, was also a medical doctor. In the 1960s, he founded the Evangelical Hospital in Montevideo. I study medicine that’s literally in the blood. In this photograph, I’m processing T cells from the blood of healthy donors, to
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The arctic town of Qaanaaq, Greenland, is planning to incorporate renewable energy to save the lives of some of its financially-stricken residents, who were gripped by the burdens to pay for fossil fuels required to heat and power their homes. Qaanaaq, the country’s northernmost human settlement, has also been affected by the environmental repercussions of
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Several days after my outpatient cancer treatment, the bacteriophages started whispering to me. I’d got a syringe full of them in my blood stream; they had eaten away the tumour in minutes and that should’ve been the end of it. My immune system — at least according to the leaflet — ought to have mopped