New ideas and imagination Creativity and inspiration Technological innovation.
Innovations that Matter
Bob Grant | Dec 1, 2021
Scientific advances almost always have the potential to benefit human lives. In times like these, they have the power to save them.
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Opinion: Using Data to Hire High-Impact Faculty
Georges Belfort | Dec 1, 2021
Selecting researchers who will drive research agendas forward requires a more quantitative approach to interviewing.
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The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2021
Meet some of the people featured in the December 2021 issue of The Scientist.
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Ten Minute Sabbatical
Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon | Dec 1, 2021
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse
Great Minds Don't Think Alike
Opinion: Bridging the Intellectual Divide
Marcelo Gleiser | Dec 1, 2021
To solve modern problems, we must integrate the sciences and the humanities and think across these traditionally disparate disciplines.
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Brooke Gardner Probes the Cell’s Peroxisomes
Chloe Tenn | Dec 1, 2021
The University of California, Santa Barbara, cell biologist is investigating the formation and functions of the peroxisome, an organelle which exists in many copies in each cell and can be created, lost, or altered to meet the cell’s metabolic needs.
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2,000-Year-Old Salmon DNA Reveals Secret to Sustainable Fisheries
Dan Robitzski | Nov 29, 2021
Genomic analysis of ancient chum salmon bones and cultural knowledge from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation suggest that people in the Pacific Northwest managed fisheries for thousands of years by harvesting males and releasing females.
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Walter Gratzer, Biophysical Chemist and Science Writer, Dies at 89
Chloe Tenn | Nov 23, 2021
His career bridged impactful research in molecular biology and biochemistry with prolific science writing for academic and nonacademic audiences alike.
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Q&A: Potential Partiality in Scientific Publishing
Chloe Tenn | Nov 23, 2021
The Scientist interviewed clinical pharmacologist Clara Locher, coauthor of a new survey aimed at detecting editorial bias, regarding her team’s findings about biomedical publishing.
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CDC Pathology Investigator Dies Unexpectedly at 65
Jef Akst | Nov 23, 2021
Sherif Zaki worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more than 30 years, and was renowned for uncovering crucial intel on various outbreak-causing scourges, from Ebola and Zika to SARS and influenza.
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HHMI Kickstarts $2 Billion Initiative to Boost Diversity in STEM
Chloe Tenn | Nov 23, 2021
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute will invest the funds over 10 years across all stages of the STEM pipeline.
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Biden Picks Robert Califf to Head the FDA for a Second Time
Chloe Tenn | Nov 12, 2021
The cardiologist was briefly the FDA Commissioner in the Obama Administration, and now has a second chance to act on plans he tried to implement during his first tenure.
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Public Health Pioneer Peter Pharoah Dies at 87
Dan Robitzski | Nov 11, 2021
Pharoah’s work ended endemic cretinism in a remote region of Papua New Guinea and contributed to the understanding of myriad other perinatal health conditions.
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Opinion: In Defense of Preprints
Richard Sever, John Inglis | Nov 11, 2021
In response to two November 2021 articles in The Scientist that called out preprints as a source of medical misinformation, the cofounders of bioRxiv and medRxiv say it’s not the publishing model that’s at fault.
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Legendary Child Psychiatrist Michael Rutter Dies
Lisa Winter | Nov 10, 2021
He discovered that autism had strong genetic links.
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Celebrated Neuropsychologist Muriel Lezak Dies at 94
Lisa Winter | Nov 8, 2021
She wrote the book on brain injuries.
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Brave New Publishing World
Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2021
Preprints are likely here to stay. The press, the public, and the research community must adapt to this relatively recent model of scientific publishing if we are to extract its benefits while avoiding its pitfalls.
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November 2021 Interactive Crossword
Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon | Nov 1, 2021
Try your hand at a sciency brainteaser.
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Opinion: The Problem with Preprints
Michael Mullins | Nov 1, 2021
Preprints can be valuable additions to the scientific literature. But we must start seeing them as perishable commodities rather than akin to peer-reviewed, published studies.
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How Brexit Is Transforming the UK’s STEM Community
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 1, 2021
Scientists face the ramifications of the country’s departure from the European Union, from delays in laboratory supplies to difficulties hiring international students and faculty.