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Opinion: Fixing Science’s Human Bias

By and | September 1, 2016

It’s time to accelerate the conversation about why the research community is still not diverse.

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The Global Science Era

By | May 1, 2016

As international collaboration becomes increasingly common, researchers must work to limit their own biases and let cultural diversity enhance their work.

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Remaking Nature

By | August 1, 2013

Synthetic biologists need to work together with conservationists to understand the environmental consequences of this new technology.

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Defending Against Plagiarism

By | June 1, 2013

Publishers need to be proactive about detecting and deterring copied text.

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Researchers, Hire Hackers

By | May 1, 2013

Clinical researchers need programming support to streamline their work, minimize error in the data, and find new trends that can point to better treatments.

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Variety Is the Spice of Life

By | February 1, 2013

True understanding of the complexity of biological systems demands an assortment of model systems.

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Medicines for the World

By | October 1, 2012

A global R&D treaty could boost innovation and improve the health of the world’s poor—and rich.

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Stress Tests

By | September 1, 2012

Judiciously applied pressure could benefit the scientific system by providing an opportunity for renewal.

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Bring On the Transparency Index

By | August 1, 2012

Grading journals on how well they share information with readers will help deliver accountability to an industry that often lacks it.

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Predatory Publishing

By | August 1, 2012

Overzealous open-access advocates are creating an exploitative environment, threatening the credibility of scholarly publishing.

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