At the end of 2011 we published the Nature 10: ten people who mattered in science that year. We explained how we reached our choice, through discussion (and arguments). We also asked readers to tell us in a poll who they thought had a significant impact in science that year. Readers could vote for the people in the Nature 10 as well as ten others, some of whom had been nominated on Twitter. Seeing as we’re now well into 2012, it’s past time we reported the results. Read more
Canada’s International Development Research Centre is offering a six-month, full-time, fully-funded science journalism fellowship to an English-speaking Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. The successful applicant will be at an early stage of his or her career, but with at least three years experience as a journalist. He or she will receive training in the London office of the leading international science journal Nature and then spend between two and four months reporting science stories from developing countries.
This week, studying natural selection in Caribbean lizards, testing the theory of common ancestry, a nanoscale factory strikes gold, and we hear what made Dorothy Hodgkin such a great scientist. Plus, a look at what’s hot elsewhere in Nature. Read more
This week, we discover how the similarities of identical twins go beyond their appearance, learn how new dinosaur fossils shed light on the evolution of feathers, and hear about an asteroid study with some rather frosty findings. Plus, a round-up of what’s hot elsewhere in Nature. Read more
This week, we put brain training to the test, learn how the Red Sea could help refill the Dead Sea, hear how a look into an exoplanet’s atmosphere has revealed unexpected results, and learn why loopholes in the Copenhagen Accord could mean we overshoot our targets on global warming. Plus, a round-up of what’s hot elsewhere in Nature. Read more
Brain-training computer games are a multimillion pound industry. But this week, a study published in Nature suggests they may not live up to their promise. Neuroscientist Adrian Owen teamed up with the BBC popular science programme ‘Bang Goes The Theory to recruit more than 11,000 volunteers for a massive online experiment. The results demolish the widely held belief that the regular use of brain-training games improves general cognitive function. To read the story in full, go to: No gain from brain training.