- China needs to listen to its researchers to become a scientific superpower
The country’s research could soon dominate the world stage, but pitfalls lie in wait.
- Laws are not the only way to boost immunization
The French government must mitigate the risks in its legal imposition of vaccinations by promoting more coherent and proactive vaccine policies.
- Maths strikes a blow for democracy
Republican politicians caught unfairly altering electoral districts thanks to computer algorithm.
- Showcase scientists from the global south
The contributions of researchers in the developing world must be sought and recognized, says Dyna Rochmyaningsih.
- Intelligence conference, rainforest park and oil-spill fears
The week in science: 12–18 January 2018.
- Bone marrow protein may be target for improving stem cell transplants
A new study has identified an important regulator of hematopoeisis, the process of making new blood cells. Targeting it, the researchers noted, could be an effective way to improve stem cell transplants for both donors and recipients.
- It's not a rat's race for human stem cells grafted to repair spinal cord injuries
More than one-and-a-half years after implantation, researchers report that human neural stem cells (NSCs) grafted into spinal cord injuries in laboratory rats displayed continued growth and maturity, with functional recovery beginning one year after grafting.
- Romance and affection top most popular sexual behaviors
Researchers have published a new US nationally representative study of sexual behavior, the first of its kind to capture a wide range of diverse sexual behaviors not previously examined in the general population.
- Complete remission of brain metastasis of difficult-to-treat tumor
Medical researchers report a remarkable treatment response in a patient participating in a clinical trial of a novel immune-system-based cancer therapy.
- Black hole models contradicted by hands-on tests
Models of black holes that rely upon an assumption made 20 years ago need revision, explain investigators.
- Algorithm identifies ten times more naturally occurring antibiotics
Drug resistance is a major concern worldwide. Many drugs, including antibiotics of “last resort” such as vancomycin and daptomycin, are Peptidic Natural Products (PNPs) that have an unparalleled track record in pharmacology. As a matter of fact, many antimicrobial and anticancer agents are PNPs. However, discovery of new PNPs is a difficult challenge, both experimentally [...]
- Number of older people with four or more diseases will double by 2035, say researchers
A study published today in Age and Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, reports that the number of older people diagnosed with four or more diseases will double between 2015 and 2035. A third of these people will be diagnosed with dementia, depression or a cognitive impairment. The study, conducted by researchers [...]
- Married Veterans More at Risk of Suicide than Single Soldiers
Among recently returned veterans, a new study says those who are married or living with a partner are at higher suicide risk than soldiers who are single, and older married female veterans are at the greatest risk. While one might assume soldiers returning from deployment would find comfort and support reuniting with a spouse or loved one, the transition to [...]
- Engineers design artificial synapse for “brain-on-a-chip” hardware
When it comes to processing power, the human brain just can’t be beat. Packed within the squishy, football-sized organ are somewhere around 100 billion neurons. At any given moment, a single neuron can relay instructions to thousands of other neurons via synapses — the spaces between neurons, across which neurotransmitters are exchanged. There are more [...]
- Civic engagement can help teens thrive later in life
Want to help your teenagers become successful adults? Get them involved in civic activities – voting, volunteering and activism. Although parents providing this bit of advice to teens will likely be met with groans and eye rolling, research does back it up. In a study published in the current issue of the journal Child Development, [...]