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[Editorial] UK science, post-Brexit

Added: 26.03.2017 8:26 | 0 views | 0 comments

Nine months since the British vote to exit the European Union (“Brexit”), the UK science community's initial dismay has given way to hard-boiled determination to limit the damage it will do to universities and research. On 29 March, Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to give formal notification of the UK's intention to withdraw under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the constitutional basis of the EU. This will set in motion a 2-year period of intense negotiation on the terms of the UK's divorce, and any future agreements with the EU—with research just one line item on a long list of issues to be resolved. Author: James Wilsdon

[In Depth] Trump's 2018 budget proposal ‘devalues’ science

Added: 26.03.2017 8:26 | 1 views | 0 comments

The 2018 budget proposal that President Donald Trump unveiled last week confirms two things that U.S. scientists have long suspected: The new president is no fan of research, and his administration has no overarching strategy for funding science. Deep proposed cuts to research at several agencies offer evidence that Trump doesn't see science—of any kind—as a spending priority. And along with neglect there's indifference. There's no telling how the National Science Foundation would fare, for example, because the budget blueprint doesn't mention it. In the meantime, scientists are also worried about the fate of this year's research budgets after Trump proposed cuts to the category that funds all civilian research. More angst: There's no word yet on whether the president will even appoint a science adviser, much less when he will fill dozens of senior slots at research agencies. Author: Jeffrey Mervis

[Feature] Fishy business

Added: 26.03.2017 8:26 | 0 views | 0 comments

Two Swedish fish researchers, with the aid of five colleagues elsewhere in the world, have alleged fraud in a study on the effects of microplastics on larval fish published in Science by two scientists at Uppsala University (UU) in June 2016. The study supposedly took place at the Ar Research Station in Gotland, but the whistleblowers say it never happened, based on eyewitness testimony and other evidence. A preliminary investigation by UU dismissed the claims in August 2016; a second investigation, by an expert panel at Sweden's Central Ethical Review Board, is still ongoing. An expert hired by that panel filed a more damning report last February that raised the possibility of fraud. Now, both sides are awaiting the expert panel's final verdict, which may influence an ongoing debate about how Swedish institutions investigate research misconduct. Author: Martin Enserink

Changing to BST: Will the clock change affect your kids?

Added: 25.03.2017 11:09 | 1 views | 0 comments

Research is under way to determine how clock changes affect children's sleep patterns.


Electrical 'switch' in brain's capillary network monitors activity and controls blood flow

Added: 24.03.2017 23:26 | 1 views | 0 comments

New research has uncovered that capillaries have the capacity to both sense brain activity and generate an electrical vasodilatory signal to evoke blood flow and direct nutrients to neurons.

Google Play faces cat and mouse game with sneaky Android malware

Added: 24.03.2017 18:16 | 0 views | 0 comments

What’s the best way to avoid Android malware? Downloading all your apps from the Google Play store -- where software is vetted – is perhaps the best advice.  
But that doesn’t mean Google Play is perfect.
Security researchers do find new Android malware lurking on Google’s official app store. That’s because hackers are coming up with sneaky ways to infiltrate the platform, despite the vetting processes that protect it.
"Eventually, every wall can be breached," said Daniel Padon, a researcher at mobile security provider Check Point.
To be sure, most Android users will probably never encounter malware on the Google Play store. Last year, the amount of malicious software that reached the platform amounted to only 0.16 percent of all apps, according to a from Google.

Chance find has big implications for water treatment's costs and carbon footprint

Added: 24.03.2017 14:49 | 0 views | 0 comments

A type of bacteria accidentally discovered during research could fundamentally reshape efforts to cut the huge amount of electricity consumed during wastewater clean-up. The discovery has upended a century of conventional thinking. The microorganisms -- 'comammox' (complete ammonia oxidizing) bacteria -- can completely turn ammonia into nitrates.

Spread of ages is key to impact of disease, animal study finds

Added: 24.03.2017 14:48 | 0 views | 0 comments

How a disease outbreak affects a group of animals depends on the breakdown of ages in the population, research has shown.

Spread of ages is key to impact of disease, animal study finds

Added: 24.03.2017 14:48 | 1 views | 0 comments

How a disease outbreak affects a group of animals depends on the breakdown of ages in the population, research has shown.


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