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For lab team-building and public outreach, meet the mascots

21 September 2021

Andy Tay

Flopsie the penguin and friends are handy for strengthening lab identity.


Editors give green light to patients co-authoring manuscripts

27 July 2021

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

But work must be done to ensure that patients feel accepted by the research community.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of April 2021 in the Nature Index journals

20 July 2021

Bec Crew

Vaccine efficacy against new COVID-19 strains and the possibility of learning during lucid dreaming feature in these widely discussed studies.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of March 2021 in the Nature Index journals

28 June 2021

Bec Crew

A self-decapitating sea slug and strategies for mitigating wildlife predation by house cats feature in these widely discussed studies.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of February 2021 in the Nature Index journals

6 May 2021

Bec Crew

An unprecedented space hurricane and an urgent call-to-action in support of Black scientists feature in these widely-discussed studies.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of January 2021 in the Nature Index journals

20 April 2021

Bec Crew

A new approach to MS treatment based on COVID-19 vaccine tech and a sobering look at the fate of sharks and rays feature in these widely-discussed studies

Parachute science falls to earth

13 April 2021

Clare Watson

Researchers say more needs to be done to correct past injustices. 

Rise of the zombie ants

11 January 2021

Gemma Conroy

Why hype is creeping into scientific papers.

Why universities must seize the chance to help "reset" society

16 December 2020

Mark Dodgson and David Gann

Higher education institutions are the cradle of innovation and entrepreneurship. Their expertise is needed more than ever.

Three tips to adapt grants and papers for non-native English readers

23 November 2020

Michael Erard

Writing guides often advise “Don’t write anything that you wouldn’t say.” Michael Erard, who trains researchers to write grants and academic papers, disagrees.

Work hack: How to organize your research literature – and make it sharable

17 July 2020

Bec Crew

A must-have strategy for fieldwork.

How to demonstrate the value of your research

20 March 2020

Carsten Lund Pedersen

A tool to help you master the four Cs: citations, communication, coverage, and collaboration.

How I mastered public speaking: 3 tips from an introvert

18 February 2020

Carsten Lund Pedersen

Those awkward silences aren’t as awkward as you think.

Don’t trust scientists? Then help collect the data

27 September 2019

Bradley Allf

Citizen science has the potential to reduce data dishonesty.

Museum volunteering among new impact indicators for UK universities

11 September 2019

Elisabeth Jeffries

How to compare apples with apples.

Confidence in scientists is on the rise in the US, Pew survey finds

13 August 2019

Bec Crew

It’s now up there with confidence in the military. 

How to run a successful citizen science project

9 August 2019

Gemma Conroy

Keeping participants involved can go a long way.

Fudged research results erode people’s trust in experts

26 July 2019

Gavin Moodie

Some academic reports are flawed, and they're undermining trust in the vast majority that are rigorous and accurate.

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.

10 tips for tweeting research

9 May 2019

Bec Crew

Experts weigh in on how to make the most of a tweet.

For scientists skittish about Twitter, here's a plan

8 May 2019

Bec Crew

Researchers need to rethink their aversion to talking about their work on social media, says digital sociologist Mark Carrigan.

How academics should use Twitter

7 May 2019

Bec Crew

Conservative social media guidelines stifle scientists' voices. 

European Commission to consult the people on science spending priorities

14 August 2018

Elisabeth Jeffries

Radical proposal will be difficult to implement, say NGOs.

Early-career researchers herald change

25 July 2018

David Nicholas et al.*

The younger generation sees a collaborative system as key to discovery and advancement, a three-year tracking project reveals. 

Scientists hit the streets to command policy-makers’ attention

14 April 2018

John C. Besley & Kathryn O’Hara

A survey of Canadian scientists finds that evidence-based policy is a top priority.