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China’s leading researchers set their sights on new frontiers

27 May 2021

Hepeng Jia , Sian Powell & Kevin Schoenmakers

China sets lofty goals as it vies for global dominance in the highly competitive fields of quantum science, space exploration and nanocatalysis.

Auto articles: an experiment in AI-generated content

10 December 2020

Catherine Armitage & Markus Kaindl

AI-generated summaries of three articles selected from a data set of 175 Springer Nature publications.

Sliced, diced and digested: AI-generated science ready in minutes

10 December 2020

Chris Woolston & Jeffrey M. Perkel

AI can decide which papers are worth reading, and condenses them to make the literature more accessible.

Samsung’s head researcher wants human–AI interactions to be a multisensory experience

10 December 2020

Leigh Dayton

Sebastian Seung outlines his quest for convenient and natural interaction with machines.

Four AI technologies that could transform the way we live and work

10 December 2020

Bill Condie & Leigh Dayton

From facial recognition to drug discovery, these emerging technologies are the ones to watch.

AI will change the world, so it’s time to change AI

10 December 2020

Tess Posner & Li Fei-Fei

To ensure that AI meets its potential as a transformative tool, it must be developed by a truly representative research community, say Tess Posner and Li Fei-Fei

Six researchers who are shaping the future of artificial intelligence

10 December 2020

Gemma Conroy, Hepeng Jia, Benjamin Plackett & Andy Tay

From radio galaxies to robots, these trailblazers are at the forefront of AI advances.

Rising stars in physical sciences in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables

30 April 2020

Gemma Conroy, Hepeng Jia & Mark Zastrow

These institutions have achieved high increases in research output in the Nature Index since 2015.

5 Asia-Pacific universities that shine in the physical sciences

14 April 2020

Gemma Conroy

Physical sciences hotspots outside China, based on publications in Nature Index journals.

These 10 countries are the world’s best in physical sciences

28 January 2020

Gemma Conroy

Japan and Switzerland move up the ranks.

Top 10 young universities in physical sciences 2019

23 October 2019

Bec Crew

Fresh eyes and new approaches are driving physics forward.

Chemistry is the fastest path to a Nobel prize

9 April 2019

Gemma Conroy

Sorry, economists. A new study pinpoints the age at which Nobel Laureates produce their transformative work. 

Stop, Start, Rewind: A front-seat view of mouse development

20 December 2018

Jeffrey M. Perkel

A new microscope allows researchers to track single cells in developing embryos, forward and backward in time.

In Japan, corporates make reluctant partners

20 December 2017

Ichiko Fuyuno

The Japanese government wants to lure more industry funding into universities, but companies need to be convinced they’ll get value.

The top academic and corporate partners in the Nature Index

8 December 2017

Mark Zastrow

Exploring complementary strengths is the key to success in industry–academia science partnerships.

Help wanted: Industry seeks science alliances

7 December 2017

Katharine Gammon

Companies publishing high-quality research are looking to academia for assistance.

Senior scholars stick together

6 November 2017

Hepeng Jia

Junior researchers left out of collaborations in key science fields, study finds. 

US supercomputer needs more people power

22 February 2017

Ivy Shih

A large computing network that has helped design cancer drug candidates and search for extra-terrestrial life is struggling to maintain its volunteer network.

Female researchers cite their own work less than men, study

14 February 2017

Flynn Murphy

Female researchers in engineering receive fewer citations, despite producing high-quality research.

Science has a problem giving credit where it’s due

12 December 2016

Smriti Mallapaty

Apportioning author credit in large collaborations is as problematic as the Nobel Prize’s rule of three.

How Australian universities spent $4.5b on research in four years

27 October 2016

Bianca Nogrady

Assessing the research performance of universities is a difficult pursuit. 

Melbourne pips Sydney as Australia's research hotspot

27 October 2016

Annabel McGilvray

Australia's two largest cities strive to attract the best researchers and produce science that makes a difference.

Debate on China's super collider heats up

19 October 2016

Hepeng Jia

Proponents say the mega facility would contribute to major science breakthroughs if built.

A beacon in the bush becomes an astronomy powerhouse

13 October 2016

Linda Nordling

South Africa's University of the Western Cape has exceeded expectations. 

How to take a great idea beyond the lab

20 September 2016

Richard Middlemiss

A Scottish scientist reflects on how his team built the world's smallest gravity detector 

Singaporean research continues to dominate in some fields

23 August 2016

Tim Hornyak

The country has the world's highest per capita investment in science and technology

Emerging hotspots for physical sciences

16 August 2016

Tim Hornyak

Less prominent research nations are carving out a niche.

It's the microwave: how astronomers discovered source of mysterious radio signals

5 July 2016

Viviane Richter

A new detection system helped solve the mystery.

South African research hits hard economic times

14 June 2016

Linda Nordling

Can international research funding help South Africa maintain its stellar performance in the index?

IBM tops ranking of scientific publishing in 2015

25 April 2016

Tim Hornyak

IBM topped the Nature Index ranking of companies publishing in leading research journals in 2015.