Alma Dal Co wears a blue shirt and red necklace and uses a pointer to examine a component of a laboratory machine. 
Microbial Ecologist Alma Dal Co Dies in Diving Accident
Katherine Irving | Nov 21, 2022 | 3 min read
At 33, Dal Co had already founded her own microbial ecology lab at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.
Primatologists Judith Masters and Fabien Génin
Primatologist Pair Murdered in South African Home
Christie Wilcox | Nov 16, 2022 | 3 min read
Judith Masters and Fabien Génin had both recently retired from the University of Fort Hare after celebrated careers researching lemurs and their kin.
No More Messy Notes: Modernizing the Lab Notebook
The Scientist Creative Services Team and SciNote | 2 min read
An electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) keeps data organized and secure, boosting productivity and reproducibility.
hundred-dollar bills disintegrating
FTX Collapse Imperils Philanthropic Research Funding
Shawna Williams | Nov 15, 2022 | 2 min read
Natural science research projects were among those promised funding by the now-collapsed crypto exchange’s “effective altruism” foundations.
Sather Gate on the University of California, Berkeley campus
Up to 48,000 University of California Academic Workers Go on Strike
Catherine Offord | Nov 14, 2022 | 2 min read
Union-represented workers are walking out for an indefinite period of time after negotiations over their compensation and other issues stalled.
Explore Diverse Topics with Digital Books
A Digital Library Designed for Scientists
The Scientist Creative Services Team and ACS Publications | 1 min read
Explore new areas and delve deeper into burning scientific questions with digital books.
Illustration of a green lab
Green Lab Initiatives Take Root Around the World
Natalia Mesa | Nov 14, 2022 | 9 min read
Scientists, students, and administrative staff are working to bring about a cultural shift to mitigate the impact of research on the environment.
Cover of <em>Pests.</em>
Book Excerpt from Pests
Bethany Brookshire | Nov 14, 2022 | 5 min read
In a chapter on cats, author Bethany Brookshire explores the thorny issue of felines that live freely.
Cover of <em>Pests.</em>
Opinion: Are Cats Friends or Fiends?
Bethany Brookshire | Nov 14, 2022 | 4 min read
In Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains, I explore what it is that makes an animal a pest—and it has nothing to do with their behavior, but rather our own desires and beliefs about the natural world.
An iPhone screen with the app icons for Twitter and Mastodon side by side. Other apps are arranged in rows around them.
What’s the Future of Science Twitter?
Katherine Irving | Nov 11, 2022 | 2 min read
In the wake of Elon Musk’s takeover, many researchers are exploring their options with the open-source platform Mastodon.
multiple sets of hands putting gears together on tabletop
Opinion: In Publishing, Don’t Make the Perfect the Enemy of the Good
Hilal A. Lashuel | Nov 10, 2022 | 5 min read
All members of the scientific community must commit to taking the risks needed to change how research is shared and evaluated.
Portrait of Chuck Stevens
Famed Neuroscientist Charles Stevens Dies at 88
Lisa Winter | Nov 9, 2022 | 3 min read
His work blended biology and the methods of theoretical physics to explain neural networks. 
A sign taped to a tree sports the UCU label, and reads &quot;Official Picket&quot; in bold pink letters. A person with a backpack walks past in the background.
Low Pay, Pension Cuts Prompt Largest University Strike in UK History
Katherine Irving | Nov 9, 2022 | 2 min read
More than 70,000 staff members from 150 universities are set to strike later this month, marking five consecutive years of academic protests in the country.
bright green plant cells in long diagonal rows
Plant Biologist Jane Silverthorne Dies at 69
Katherine Irving | Nov 8, 2022 | 2 min read
Silverthorne shaped the development of many NSF programs driving innovation in plant biology and agriculture. 
Matthieu Groussin sits with three other people on stools in front of a low table, on which there are several bowls of food. Another person stands above Groussin spooning something into a bowl.
Q&A: Gathering Diverse Microbiome Samples
Katherine Irving | Nov 3, 2022 | 8 min read
Cofounders of a microbiome biobank speak with The Scientist about their new partnership with nonprofit OpenBiome and how to ethically work with donors.
Modified cover of Epigenetics in Evolution.
November 2022 Interactive Crossword Puzzle
Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon | Nov 1, 2022 | 1 min read
Try your hand at a sciency brainteaser.
Image of Gollum
Opinion: The Problem with Researchers Hoarding Resources
Jose Valdez and Sandeep Sharma | Nov 1, 2022 | 4 min read
For too long, some scientists have acted like Gollums of the ivory tower, guarding precious study sites, model organisms, and even entire fields of inquiry.
Photo of Steve Ramirez
Steve Ramirez Reshapes Memories in the Brains of Mice
Dan Robitzski | Nov 1, 2022 | 3 min read
The Boston University neuroscientist wants to take the edge off traumatic memories by manipulating how they’re processed in the brain.
In the 1920s, the Institute for Sexual Research in Berlin was a haven for queer people, many of whom came to the institute seeking to express their identities without fear of being imprisoned. This undated photo depicts a costume party at the institute; its founder, Magnus Hirschfeld (second from right, in glasses), can be seen holding hands with his partner, Karl Giese (center).
Trans Medicine, 1919
Natalia Mesa | Nov 1, 2022 | 3 min read
German physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld founded a revolutionary clinic where transgender people could receive gender-affirming care, but he left behind a complicated medical and scientific legacy.
Modified cover of Epigenetics in Evolution.
Ten Minute Sabbatical
Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon | Nov 1, 2022 | 2 min read
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse