- Don’t let Europe’s open-science dream drift
Now that the major players have agreed to the giant European Open Science Cloud, it’s time to get the project moving.
- Protect funding for US earthquake early-warning system
Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to ShakeAlert puts the west coast at risk.
- Heatwaves to soar above the hot air of climate politics
Future generations will fear, rather than fend for, the global environment.
- A year on, Brexit brings lessons in uncertainty
It is more important to understand the electorate than to make predictions about the outcome of elections, says Jane Green.
- SEVEN DAYS
The week in science: 16–22 June 2017.
- Making ferromagnets stronger by adding non-magnetic elements
Magnetic materials can be functionalized through a thoroughly unlikely method, report researchers: by adding amounts of the virtually non-magnetic element scandium to a gadolinium-germanium alloy.
- Genes, ozone, and autism
Exposure to ozone in the environment puts individuals with high levels of genetic variation at an even higher risk for developing autism than would be expected just by adding the two risk factors together, a new analysis shows. The study is the first to look at the combined effects of genome-wide genetic change and environmental risk factors for autism.
- The mere presence of your smartphone reduces brain power, study shows
Your cognitive capacity is significantly reduced when your smartphone is within reach — even if it’s off — suggests new research.
- Fungal toxins easily become airborne, creating potential indoor health risk
Toxins produced by three different species of fungus growing indoors on wallpaper may become aerosolized, and easily inhaled. The findings likely have implications for 'sick building syndrome.
- Algorithm generates optimal origami folding patterns for any shape
A new algorithm generates practical paper-folding patterns to produce any 3-D structure.
- More democracy through mathematics
For democratic elections to be fair, voting districts must have similar sizes. When populations shift, districts need to be redistributed – a complex and, in many countries, controversial task when political parties attempt to influence ... Read more
- Increased risk for autism when genetic variation and air pollution meet
A new analysis shows that individuals with high levels of genetic variation and elevated exposure to ozone in the environment are at an even higher risk for developing autism than would be expected by adding ... Read more
- Atomic imperfections move quantum communication network closer to reality
An international team led by the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering has discovered how to manipulate a weird quantum interface between light and matter in silicon carbide along wavelengths used in telecommunications. The ... Read more
- Study strengthens case for heart benefit in chocolate
Consuming moderate amounts of chocolate was associated with significantly lower risk of being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation — a common and dangerous type of irregular heartbeat — in a large study of men and women ... Read more
- Seismic Oil Exploration Kills Krill at Far Higher Rate
Seismic air guns commonly used in the search for undersea oil kill off far more zooplankton than once thought, according to a new study that raises questions about the effect of such seismic surveys on the health ... Read more