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    The best-kept secrets to winning grants

    Story Source Illustration by Sébastien Thibault Anaesthesiologist and clinical researcher Peter Nagele started his first independent position in good shape. It was 2007 and he had already earned two early career grants for his laboratory at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. But when he applied for his first major research grants from the US […]

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    China expands DNA data grab in troubled western region

    Story Source Thomas Peter/Reuters China has boosted its security presence in the Xinjiang region, home to a large Uighur population. Police in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, China, have been collecting DNA samples from citizens and are now ramping up their capacity to analyse that genetic cache, according to evidence compiled by activists and details […]

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    Drop in cases of Zika threatens large-scale trials

    Story Source Mauricio Lima/NYT/eyevine Zika infection in pregnancy can cause birth defects, but a fall in cases means risks may not be understood. Studies of thousands of pregnant women that were set up to probe the link between Zika and birth defects may not provide definitive answers because of a sharp drop in the number […]

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    Fleeting phase of planet formation discovered

    Story Source Gemini Observatory/AURA/Lynette Cook/SPL The cloud of dust and debris around a star can give rise to a new type of celestial object during planet formation. Rocky planets, including Earth, endure violent beginnings. Giant impacts vaporize enormous chunks of protoplanets, surrounding them in a flattened halo of debris. Scientists believe that these disks eventually […]

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    Colombian biologist cleared of criminal charges for posting another scientist's thesis online

    Story Source Courtesy of Fundación Karisma Colombian biologist Diego Gómez. A Colombian biologist who faced a criminal trial for posting another scientist’s thesis online has been cleared of copyright violation — an offence that, under Colombian law, might have brought him a jail sentence. Diego Gómez Hoyos was handed down his ‘not guilty’ verdict on […]

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    Fund to curb outbreaks and chronic disease on the chopping block

    Story Source Joe Raedle/Getty Images The programme currently funds vaccinations for uninsured children. As Republican politicians in Congress push to repeal the health-insurance reforms enacted by former President Barack Obama, public-health advocates are worried about the fate of a US$900-million fund that supports preventive medicine and research programmes. The health-care overhaul legislation approved by the […]

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    World Health Organization gets first leader from Africa

    Story Source Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, from Ethiopia, is the World Health Organization’s next director-general. The World Health Organization (WHO) has its first director-general from Africa. Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will take the top post at the agency from 1 July — succeeding Margaret Chan — after winning a 23 May vote by WHO […]

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    Trump budget would slash science programmes across government

    Story Source Shawn Thew/EPA/REX/Shutterstock The White House budget plan could face a rocky reception in Congress. US President Donald Trump released a revised budget plan on 23 May that would cut science programmes across the federal government in 2018. Biomedical, public-health and environmental research would all be pared back. Those cuts, along with deep reductions […]

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    Earth-observing companies push for more-advanced science satellites

    Story Source Satellogic The commercial remote-sensing firm Satellogic captured this hyperspectral view of the countryside surrounding Buenos Aires. Never have so many private eyes looked down at Earth. In the past decade, about a dozen companies have formed to launch Earth-observing satellites. Few have sought to compete with sophisticated government-built instruments, but that is changing. […]

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    Iron-dumping ocean experiment sparks controversy

    Story Source Blickwinkel/Alamy Phytoplankton need iron to make energy by photosynthesis. Marine scientists are raising the alarm about a proposal to drop tonnes of iron into the Pacific Ocean to stimulate the growth of phytoplankton, the base of the food web. The non-profit group behind the plan says that it wants to revive Chilean fisheries. It […]