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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

The 5 most popular scientific papers of December 2020 in the Nature Index journals

16 February 2021

Bec Crew

A major milestone in light-based quantum computing and the possibility of reversed ageing feature in these widely-discussed studies.

The 5 most talked-about scientific papers of November 2020 in the Nature Index journals

22 January 2021

Bec Crew

Stronger hurricanes and controversial research on autism feature in these widely discussed studies.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of September 2020 in the Nature Index journals

4 January 2021

Bec Crew

A Neanderthal-derived gene cluster linked to COVID-19 symptoms and a controversial AI algorithm feature in these stand-out studies.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of August 2020 in the Nature Index journals

27 October 2020

Bec Crew

A gruesome escape artist and ingenious dolphin behaviour feature in these stand-out studies from August.

How to spot dubious claims in scientific papers

8 September 2020

Gemma Conroy

Statistics are easily manipulated. Here are four red flags. 

Scientists pivot to pitch in on coronavirus

2 July 2020

Andy Tay

Many scientists have taken on extra work loads during the pandemic. Here a chemist, a publisher and an infectious disease expert reveal their efforts.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of May 2020 in the Nature Index journals

25 June 2020

Bec Crew

COVID-19 vaccine hopes, and the environmental effects of the pandemic.

Calibri vs Garamond: Can font choice make or break a research paper?

19 June 2020

Helen Robertson

What your preference says about you.

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.

Struggling to win grants? Here's how to crowdfund your research

10 March 2020

Gemma Conroy

Making dream projects a reality. 

The 5 most popular scientific papers of January 2020

18 February 2020

Bec Crew

Good news for ex-smokers.

Just say "no" to manels

7 February 2020

Jeffrey Perkel

There’s an app for that. 

The 5 most popular scientific papers of December 2019

17 January 2020

Bec Crew

The genetic basis of wealth, and a wad of ancient chewing gum.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of November 2019

3 December 2019

Bec Crew

Alzheimer’s resistance and a black hole conundrum.

Scientists reveal weirdest things they’ve done in the name of science

19 November 2019

John Pickrell

From sending cakes into space to filling their refrigerators with cat poo, scientists detail the bizarre lengths they’ve gone to in the pursuit of research.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of October 2019

8 November 2019

Bec Crew

How supreme is "supreme"?

The 5 most popular scientific papers of September 2019

1 October 2019

Bec Crew

The top paper had a slick social media campaign.

These striking animations show the real impacts of climate change

24 September 2019

Gemma Conroy

Visualizing a grim outlook.

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.

Scientists reveal the creative side-projects that keep them sane

26 July 2019

Bec Crew

It’s hard to think about lab problems when you’re dangling upside-down by your ankles.

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.

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.