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Why Scientists Must Share Their Research Code
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Why Scientists Must Share Their Research Code

Many scientists worry over the reproducibility of wet-lab experiments, but data scientist Victoria Stodden's focus is on how to validate computational research:...

Obama's Science Legacy: Betting Big on Biomedical Science
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Obama's Science Legacy: Betting Big on Biomedical Science

When president-elect Barack Obama chose physicist John Holdren as his top science adviser in December 2008, some biomedical researchers worried that the pick signalled...

Take Responsibility For Electronic-Waste Disposal
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Take Responsibility For Electronic-Waste Disposal

The world is producing ever more electrical and electronic waste.

The Physicist Who Studies Isis Communities Online
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The Physicist Who Studies Isis Communities Online

Neil Johnson, a physicist at the University of Miami in Florida, studies patterns that emerge in complex systems.

Genome-Editing Revolution: My Whirlwind Year with Crispr
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Genome-Editing Revolution: My Whirlwind Year with Crispr

Some 20 months ago, I started having trouble sleeping.

Crispr: A Path Through the Thicket
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Crispr: A Path Through the Thicket

The ease of use, accuracy and efficiency of the genome-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 has led to its broad adoption in research, as well as to preliminary applications...

Informatics: Make Sense of Health Data
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Informatics: Make Sense of Health Data

If you are wondering whether exposure to some chemical could increase your chances of getting colon cancer, you could easily find supportive evidence from animal...

Genomics Pioneer Jun Wang on His New AI Venture
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Genomics Pioneer Jun Wang on His New AI Venture

Jun Wang is one of China's most famous scientists.

Crispr Germline Engineering—the Community Speaks
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Crispr Germline Engineering—the Community Speaks

With the first papers appearing in the literature that describe CRISPR-Cas9 engineering of human reproductive cells, are we at a new Asilomar moment?

Don't Edit the Human Germ Line
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Don't Edit the Human Germ Line

It is thought that studies involving the use of genome-editing tools to modify the DNA of human embryos will be published shortly.

Smartphones Set For Large-Scale Health Studies
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Smartphones Set For Large-Scale Health Studies

Countless owners of smartphones and wearable devices are already using their devices to track their sleep, exercise, blood pressure and other measures of health...

Satellites: Make Earth Observations Open Access
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Satellites: Make Earth Observations Open Access

Changes in land cover affect the global climate by absorbing and reflecting solar radiation, and by altering fluxes of heat, water vapour, carbon dioxide and other...

Academics Should Not Remain Silent on Hacking
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Academics Should Not Remain Silent on Hacking

The revelation that U.S. and British spy agencies have undermined a commonly used encryption code should alarm researchers.

Publishing: Open Citations
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Publishing: Open Citations

When Heather Piwowar set out in May last year to investigate whether making research data publicly available increased the citation rates of articles, she never...

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Beware the Creeping Cracks of Bias

Alarming cracks are starting to penetrate deep into the scientific edifice. They threaten the status of science and its value to society. And they cannot be blamed...
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