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In order to tempt nuclear scientists from countries such as Iran or North Korea to defect, US spy agencies routinely send agents to academic conferences – or even host their own fake ones.
Jenny Rohn: Restricting Nobel prizes to three individuals has always been problematic, and increasingly glosses over the contributions of everyday scientists.
Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson receive £825,000 prize for developing method for generating 3D images of life-building structures.
This week’s Nobel winners will have drawn on teams, often multinational.
Adjunct professors in America face low pay and long hours without the security of full-time faculty. Some, on the brink of homelessness, take desperate measures.
Combining expertise from 21 labs in Europe and the US, the International Brain Laboratory will attempt to answer one of the greatest mysteries of all time.
Nowhere near enough new drugs are currently in development says a WHO report, which calls for urgent investment and responsible use of existing antibiotics.
Scientists from around the globe gathered for annual ceremony celebrating research that ‘first makes you laugh, then makes you think’.
Researchers seeking science funding can be big losers in the equality and diversity game.
The ballooning costs of attending high-end academic conferences are excluding early-career researchers. But we need their fresh perspectives
The correspondence, dating from 1949 to 1954, was found by an academic in a storeroom at the University of Manchester.
Bo Rothstein quits Blavatnik School of Government post after learning that patron is a major financial backer of US president.
If we can get our minds around Premier League statistics, we can handle experimental science, writes physics professor Tom McLeish
Academics pressure publisher as Beijing mouthpiece says western institutions can leave if they don’t like ‘the Chinese way’
The meaningless tasks and faux-business strategies prioritised by British universities have skewed their real role, writes André Spicer
Academics and activists decry publisher’s decision to comply with a Chinese request to block more than 300 articles from leading China studies journal.
A paper on conformal algebra has recently caused a stir on social media. Not because of the science, but rather the heartfelt plea in the acknowledgements.
Support for the Google ‘manifesto’ on gender difference recalls the rationale of eugenics.
From declining royal honour to refusing to sit for a portrait, correspondences show co-discoverer of evolutionary theory avoiding publicity.
Evaluating academic performance on the basis of journal publications is skewing research priorities. This does our public funders a disservice.