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New diseases are mirrors that reflect how a society works-and where it fails.
Here's what the oft-cited R0 number tells us about the new outbreak-and what it doesn't.
For 50 years, researchers have thought that moths evolved ears to detect the ultrasonic calls of attacking bats - but a new study shows that ears came first.
The pursuit of money from wealthy donors distorts the research process-and yields flashy projects that don't help and don't work.
Humans are now living in a new geological epoch of our own making: the Anthropocene. On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch.
Humanity needs to get better at knowing how to get better.
Ten years ago, a neuroscientist said that within a decade he could simulate a human brain. Spoiler: It didn't happen.
"Manned" spaceflight doesn't make sense anymore.
University libraries around the world are seeing precipitous declines in the use of the books on their shelves.
Decades of early research on the genetics of depression were built on nonexistent foundations. How did that happen?
Some university presses rely on subsidies because their mission is to expand knowledge - not to publish blockbusters.
In more than a dozen academic fields-largely STEM related-not a single black student earned a doctoral degree in the US in 2017.
In a groundbreaking move, the beautiful but uncomfortable documentary forces viewers to acknowledge their own complicity in the decline of nature.
The University of California has broken with one of the world's largest academic publishers. Is this the end of a very profitable business model?
A new study shows that little teams are more likely to take their research in radically new directions.
In a new study, researchers uncovered female programmers who made important but unrecognized contributions to genetics.
In 2014, microbiologists began a study that they hope will continue long after they're dead.
But it will likely lack the broad powers favored by supporters of a Green New Deal.