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World’s oldest fossils rock the web

25 January 2018

Gemma Conroy

A controversial fossil discovery has whipped up online discussions about alien life.

Artificial womb system raises ethical debate

15 January 2018

Gemma Conroy

A system for bringing premature baby lambs to gestational term caused much online debate about whether the technology should be applied to humans.

Dinosaur fossil ruffles feathers online

11 January 2018

Gemma Conroy

Flesh and feathers trapped in amber were the talk of the internet in 2017.

Girls will be girls? Gender stereotyping among six-year olds sparks debate

5 January 2018

Gemma Conroy

A study revealing that girls are more likely to link brilliance with boys than with their own gender made headlines on the web.

Designer babies, the year’s most talked about story from a Nature Index-tracked journal

29 December 2017

Gemma Conroy

A gene-editing breakthrough topped all other papers for online attention.