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Making the Most of Media Interviews
Katarina Zimmer | May 16, 2022
As the pandemic has underscored the importance—and benefits—of communicating science to the general public, it’s also highlighted the challenges that researchers can face in speaking with journalists.
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Enter Our Annual Top 10 Innovations Contest
The Scientist Staff | May 12, 2022
Submit your new product now to have a chance at being selected for a coveted spot in The Scientist’s 2022 competition.
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Opinion: Biological Science Rejects the Sex Binary, and That’s Good for Humanity
Agustín Fuentes | May 12, 2022
Evidence from various sciences reveals that there are diverse ways of being male, female, or both. An anthropologist argues that embracing these truths will help humans flourish.
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Ursula Bellugi, Leading Sign Language Neuroscientist, Dies at 91
Lisa Winter | May 11, 2022
Her research showed that communication via sign language is as neurologically complex as spoken language. 
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Stanford to Launch New Climate Change School This Fall
Amanda Heidt | May 5, 2022
The launch of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability—the first new school at the university in 70 years—comes thanks to a $1.1 billion gift from a venture capitalist and his wife.
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How a Prominent Mexican Scientist Wound Up a Spy for Russia
Natalia Mesa | May 5, 2022
Hector Cabrera Fuentes, a renowned cardiovascular researcher, collaborated with Russian intelligence agents for more than a year, prosecutors said.
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Florida Faculty Await Details on New Tenure Law
Natalia Mesa | May 4, 2022
Professors in the Sunshine State may soon face an additional tenure review process under the bill, but not much is yet known about how it will change tenure retention.
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Ten Minute Sabbatical
Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon | May 2, 2022
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse
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May 2022 Interactive Crossword Puzzle
Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon | May 1, 2022
Try your hand at a sciency brainteaser.
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NYU Defends Against Backlash Over Potential Hire
Amanda Heidt | Apr 29, 2022
Hundreds of the school’s faculty, students, and trainees are protesting its consideration of David Sabatini, who left his previous posts after alleged sexual misconduct.
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UK Funding Agency Apologizes for Role in Researchfish Controversy
Natalia Mesa | Apr 20, 2022
Researchfish is a platform commonly used to track the status of grants and the impacts of research. When academics were critical of the company online, Researchfish shared these comments with the largest funding agency in the UK, and the scientists’ comments were sometimes shared with their employers.
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Evolutionary Ecologist Matthew Gage Dies at 55
Amanda Heidt | Apr 20, 2022
The University of East Anglia researcher was best known for his contributions to the study of sexual selection, particularly post-copulatory sperm competition.
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Adriana Hoffmann, Botanist and Environmentalist, Dies at Age 82
Natalia Mesa | Apr 18, 2022
Hoffmann traveled through Chile cataloging its rare flora. Later, she fought to defend the country’s forests from commercial deforestation.
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Ana Marija Jakšić Shapes Fruit Fly Brains
Chloe Tenn | Apr 18, 2022
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne evolutionary neurobiologist is using Drosophila to investigate how organisms adapt to novel environments.
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Nobel Laureate Sidney Altman Dies At 82
Lisa Winter | Apr 14, 2022
The biophysicist shared the 1989 Prize in Chemistry for discovering RNA’s catalytic properties.
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Geneticist Arthur Riggs Dies at 82
Lisa Winter | Apr 14, 2022
His research paved the way for the development of synthetic insulin to treat diabetes.
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China-US Climate Collaboration Ended Due to Security Concerns
Natalia Mesa | Apr 12, 2022
Texas A&M cited potential foreign interference when explaining why it shut down a jointly run modeling laboratory.
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Lawsuit Alleges USDA Secretly Relaxed Animal Welfare Inspections
Dan Robitzski | Apr 7, 2022
A Harvard Law School lawsuit filed on behalf of animal welfare organizations accuses the United States Department of Agriculture of offloading the burden of inspecting animal research sites to a private third party, resulting in a system that the lawsuit describes as largely self-policing and less rigorous.
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MIT Graduate Students Vote to Unionize
Catherine Offord | Apr 7, 2022
Plans to form a union affiliated with the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America were approved by a vote of 1,785 to 912.
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Biden Orders More Research on Long COVID
Christie Wilcox | Apr 6, 2022
A new presidential memorandum requires the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate a government-wide push to generate a research action plan for the condition.