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The 5 most popular scientific papers of September 2019

1 October 2019

Bec Crew

The top paper had a slick social media campaign.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of August 2019

5 September 2019

Bec Crew

A month of spectacular firsts. 

The 5 most popular scientific papers of July 2019

14 August 2019

Bec Crew

Doom, gloom, and a dancing cockatoo.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of June

24 July 2019

Bec Crew

Everything’s melting, but Boaty McBoatface is a beacon of hope.

The top 5 most popular scientific papers of May

25 June 2019

Bec Crew

Even tiny tyrannosaurs and synthetic life couldn't topple office politics.

The top 5 most talked-about studies of April

29 May 2019

Bec Crew

The fall of insects, the rise of zombie brains, and the catalysts of political unrest dominated the conversation around April's research offerings.

New tools track article buzz online

9 March 2018

Jeffrey Perkel

A new service allows researchers to access raw social media data.

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.