Can doing things differently enhance reproducibility?

Intuitively most of us would agree that standardized conditions in scientific experiments ensure reproducibility. If I know how something was done and exactly replicate the setup and protocol, I should get the same results. The authors of a Perspective in the April issue of Nature Methods argue otherwise when it comes to behavioral experiments done with live animals.  Read more

An intelligently designed response

Sooner or later, any scientist is likely to be confronted by a supporter of “intelligent design” (ID), or questioned by a student, friend or neighbor intrigued by the concept of ID. Check out our idea of a response here and share your thoughts on what yours would be.  Read more

Wishing and hoping for mass spectrometry

In this month’s Technology Feature several key developers of mass spectrometry technology share their wishes for the future of this technology. Did your hope for the next innovation in mass spectrometry make the list? If not, here is your opportunity to add wishes, hopes or comments – and let the developers know what advances you would like to see in the coming years.  Read more