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JUNE 2021

‘Hybrid’ scientific conferences aim to offer the best of in-person and virtual meetings

Unreliable social science research gets more attention than solid studies

Fifteen journals to outsource peer-review decisions

Middle Eastern countries ramp up their scientific publications

Are advertisers coming for your dreams?

Newly detailed nerve links between brain and other organs shape thoughts, memories, and feelings

Vaccines that can protect against many coronaviruses could prevent another pandemic

Mixing COVID-19 vaccines appears to boost immune responses

New Google effort uses cellphones to detect earthquakes

‘It’s like the embers in a barbecue pit.’ Nuclear reactions are smoldering again at Chernobyl

No shared language? No problem! People across cultures understand clues from ‘vocal charades’

Paralyzed person types at record speed—by imagining handwriting

A psychedelic drug may help treat PTSD. But questions remain on how best to use—and regulate—it

Alzheimer’s drug approved despite doubts about effectiveness

Dolphins learn the ‘names’ of their friends to form teams—a first in animal kingdom

Millions of electric cars are coming. What happens to all the dead batteries?


APRIL 2021  

Bidirectional associations between COVID-19 and psychiatric disorder

When should you end a conversation?

The $450 question: Should journals pay peer reviewers?

Academia is often a family business. That’s a barrier for increasing diversity

Scientists use ‘x-ray vision’ to read a letter sealed in 1697

Butterflies are vanishing in the western U.S.—but not for the reasons scientists thought

What is research misconduct? European countries can’t agree

‘On the verge of a breakdown.’ Report highlights women academics’ pandemic challenges

Europe moves to exclude neighbors from its quantum and space research

Researchers race to develop antiviral weapons to fight the pandemic coronavirus

Hey buddy! Your cellphone addiction is causing a pedestrian traffic jam

Major coronavirus variant found in pets for first time

Food supplements that alter gut bacteria could ‘cure’ malnutrition

Glass molded like plastic could usher in new era of complex glass shapes

Top German psychologist fabricated data, investigation finds



Who needs a teacher? Artificial intelligence designs lesson plans for itself

You’ve tweeted about your hot new paper! Don’t expect many clicks

Should you mix and match COVID-19 vaccines? 

World’s largest COVID-19 drug trial identifies second compound that cuts risk of death

In Biblical times, purple was the new black

Pandemic hit academic mothers especially hard, new data confirm

Watch—and hear—the impact human noises have on marine life

Largest ever research integrity survey flounders as universities refuse to cooperate

Major nutrition study aims to learn which diet best suits your genes and gut

Scientists ‘program’ living bacteria to store data

A new mandate highlights costs, benefits of making all scientific articles free to read

Innovative universal flu vaccine shows promise in first clinical test



This new algorithm can find the hidden patterns in your dreams

Gene therapy for autism-linked condition weakened legs, robbing two people of ability to walk

How democracies are now ‘backsliding’ in countries from Russia to the United States

It’s not just cars that make pollution. It’s the roads they drive on, too

New PLOS pricing test could signal end of scientists paying to publish free papers

Humans are born with brains 'prewired' to see words

Quality over quantity in recovering language after stroke

Why are there differing preferences for suffixes and prefixes across languages?

Children use both brain hemispheres to understand language, unlike adults

Children use make-believe aggression and violence to manage bad-tempered peers

Helping youth diagnosed with early stages of psychosis

Busy pictures hinder reading ability in children

Heavy electronic media use in late childhood linked to lower academic performance

Why COVID-19 is more deadly in people with obesity—even if they’re young

New drool-based tests are replacing the dreaded coronavirus nasal swab



Aiming ultrasound at the brain raises hope of new treatments

Blood test could identify early stage Alzheimer’s disease

‘Disturbing and cruel.’ Universities blast new visa rule for international students

United States drops visa restriction on foreign students attending remote classes

Ethically troubling.’ University reopening plans put professors, students on edge

Seawater could provide nearly unlimited amounts of critical battery material

From rocks to icebergs, the natural world tends to break into cubes

Two new medicines may curb serious respiratory disease in infants

Radical shift in COVID-19 testing needed to reopen schools and businesses, researchers say

Designer antibodies could battle COVID-19 before vaccines arrive

Why pregnant women face special risks from COVID-19

Why flu vaccines don’t protect people for long

AI invents new ‘recipes’ for potential COVID-19 drugs

How will COVID-19 affect the coming flu season?


 JUNE 2020

Scientists have turned the structure of the coronavirus into music

Artificial intelligence systems aim to sniff out signs of COVID-19 outbreaks

How Sweden wasted a ‘rare opportunity’ to study coronavirus in schools

T cells found in COVID-19 patients ‘bode well’ for long-term immunity

Scientists use lidar to map a forgotten Nazi concentration camp off the coast of France

GPS on the Moon? It can work

Meet the psychologist exploring unconscious bias—and its tragic consequences for society

Do preprints improve with peer review? 

Herpes virus can trigger Alzheimer’s, brain tissue study suggests

New solar panels suck water from air to cool themselves down

Lab-evolved algae could protect coral reefs

Tropical forests soak up huge amounts of greenhouse gas. Climate change could end that

These bacteria have adapted to life in your nose—and that may be good news

Earth’s species disappearing at an alarming rate

Eye, robot: Artificial intelligence dramatically improves accuracy of classic eye exam

Like humans, these big-brained birds may owe their smarts to long childhoods


 MAY 2020

Should schools reopen?

Children of the pandemic

As COVID-19 forces conferences online, scientists discover upsides of virtual format

Why don’t some coronavirus patients sense their alarmingly low oxygen levels?

Antimalarials widely used against COVID-19 heighten risk of cardiac arrest

Crushing coronavirus means ‘breaking the habits of a lifetime

Social scientists scramble to study pandemic, in real time

Autistic voices should be heard 

Could mass screening benefit kids at high risk of diabetes?

Experimental schizophrenia drug could reduce long-neglected symptoms

Rethinking anorexia: Biology may be more important than culture, new studies reveal

Artificial intelligence is evolving all by itself

Artificial intelligence takes on song-composing duties in Eurovision-inspired contest

Researchers find new, promising antibiotic with help from AI

Chance discovery brings quantum computing using standard microchips a step closer

New drugs aim to disarm the immune system’s ‘atomic bomb’ cells


MARCH 2020

How AI and Data Could Personalize Higher Education

The Revolutionary Impact Of Immersive Technology On Education

How AI is transforming education and skills development

Human body temperature has declined steadily over the past 160 years

What does traditional music around the world have in common

The dead speak! Scientists re-create voice of 3000-year-old mummy

California has begun screening for early childhood trauma, but critics urge caution

Are Audiobooks As Good For You As Reading? Here’s What Experts Say

How Gamification is Reshaping Social Collaboration

Dead Sea dates grown from 2000-year-old seeds

What happens to our online lives after we die?

What we don’t know about wildfire smoke is likely hurting us

From ‘living’ cement to medicine-delivering biofilms, biologists remake the material world

Researchers find new, promising antibiotic with help from AI



Geologists uncover history of lost continent buried beneath Europe

Human speech may have a universal transmission rate: 39 bits per second

Open-access megajournals lose momentum as the publishing model matures

Articles in ‘predatory' journals receive few or no citations

New deals could help scientific societies survive open access

Artificial intelligence could predict El Niño up to 18 months in advance

AI can scramble your face to shield you from recognition programs

AI allows paralyzed person to ‘handwrite’ with his mind

From Edible Shot Glasses to Biodegradable Plastics

Hormone secreted by bones may help us escape danger

Scientists hope to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria by targeting their ‘alarm proteins

What is love? It depends which language you speak

Move by journals to ‘seamless’ off-campus access raises privacy concerns

Alzheimer’s experts greet China’s surprise approval of a drug for brain disease with hope and caution




Cheer up! Optimists live longer

Type A blood converted to universal donor blood with help from bacterial enzymes

This psychologist explains why people confess to crimes they didn’t commit

New solar technology could produce clean drinking water for millions in need

Aviation’s dirty secret

Trees share water to keep this dying stump alive

The rise of a deadly superfungus may be tied to global warming

Medical journal editors expect authors to disclose conflicts of interest—but don’t disclose their own

Geography of loss—a global look at the uneven toll of suicide

‘Dark pools’ of hate flourish online

An hour or two of outdoor learning every week increases teachers' job satisfaction

How expectation influences perception

How the Internet may be changing the brain

Forecasters fear 5G wireless technology will muck up weather predictions

Just one season of playing football—even without a concussion—can cause brain damage

Artificial intelligence predicts which movies will succeed—and fail—simply from plot summaries






MARCH 2019

What's words of the year say about us 

The northern and southern lights are different. Here’s why

Diet pills make mosquitoes skip meals, potentially reducing the spread of disease

A report about Plan S’s potential effects on journals marks a busy week for the open-access movement

New pill shows early promise for blocking many strains of flu

Rain is melting Greenland’s ice, even in winter, raising fears about sea level rise

Does a ‘dark triad’ of personality traits make you more successful?

Brain differences in ADHD

First genetic map of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Movement impairments in autism could be reversible

Meta-analysis highlights important challenges in cognitive processing for adults with ASD

More than just memories: A new role for the hippocampus during learning

Babies who hear two languages at home develop advantages in attention

Multitasking increases in online courses compared to face-toface

Sociologists study the impact religion has on child development




Traffic may be making your allergies worse

Scientists uncover massive, diverse ecosystem deep beneath Earth’s surface

Immune system ‘negotiations’ stop mom’s body from attacking her fetus

How many live mosquitoes can fit into a syringe? 240

Brain stimulation could let some blind people ‘see’ shapes made of light

CRISPR bombshell: Chinese researcher claims to have created gene-edited twins

Climate change poses major threat to United States, new government report concludes

In biblical city of Armageddon, signs of early vanilla and elaborate medical care

Artificial intelligence helps predict volcanic eruptions

Will the world embrace Plan S, the radical proposal to mandate open access to science papers?

Will a radical open-access proposal catch on, and quantifying the most deadly period of the Holocaust

Once considered outlandish, the idea that plants help their relatives is taking root

Artificial intelligence turns brain activity into speech

‘Megalibraries’ of nanomaterials could speed clean energy and other grand challenge targets

‘Nanoscavengers’ could protect people from sarin gas, other nerve agents

Listen to this piano-playing robot hit all the right notes

Discovery of recent Antarctic ice sheet collapse raises fears of a new global flood

Dolphins discovered ‘timesharing’ the sea for the first time



Five Dead Sea Scroll fragments at the Museum of the Bible are fakes

What a massive database of retracted papers reveals about science publishing’s ‘death penalty’

Virtual reality could show others what autism feels like—and lead to potential treatments

The average person can recognize 5000 faces

How 30 days with an in-home robot could help children with autism

Generous’ approach to replication confirms many high-profile social science findings

Mysterious new brain cell found in people

Making the right connections

Insufficient sleep associated with risky behavior in teens 

How the appendix could hold the keys to Parkinson’s disease, and materials scientists mimic nature

Three paralyzed people walk after nerve stimulation

A revolutionary treatment for allergies to peanuts and other foods is going mainstream—but do the benefits outweigh the risks?

An elusive molecule that sparks multiple sclerosis may have been found



JULY 2018

Artificial intelligence can predict how you’ll look decades from now

Seafloor cables that carry the world’s internet traffic can also detect earthquakes

Can science-based video games help kids with autism?

Male scientists are far more likely to be referred to by their last names, impacting status and awards

Hundreds of new genes may underlie intelligence—but also autism and depression

Synapse-specific plasticity governs the identity of overlapping memory traces

Miles Davis is not Mozart: The brains of jazz and classical pianists work differently

Firm that tallies controversial journal impact scores moves to provide more context

New ‘light-eating’ protein discovered in the Sea of Galilee

This chip can quickly identify the microbes living in your body

Why some people get dizzy when hearing certain sounds 

Are these dots purple or blue? Your answer might not be as reliable as you think

How stimulant treatments for ADHD work

Link found between resilience to dyslexia and gray matter in the frontal brain

Scientists ID more than 1,200 genes linked to educational attainment


JUNE 2018

A first look at the earliest decisions that shape a human embryo

Brain's window for language learning open until adulthood

How minority viewpoints become majority ones

How success breeds success in the sciences

Making grad school work for STEM students

Smarter brains run on sparsely connected neurons

New parts of the brain become active after students learn physics

What’s really behind ‘gluten sensitivity

Tourism is four times worse for the planet than previously believed

Posttraumatic stress affects academics

The secret to honing kids' language and literacy

Social media posts may signal whether a protest will become violent

Gauging language proficiency through eye movement

Why some people resist authority

Brains of young people with severe behavioral problems are 'wired differently'

Here's How Much Caffeine You Need, and When, for Peak Alertness


APRIL 2018

Attention deficit disorders could stem from impaired brain coordination

False News Spreads Faster and Wider

Google Researchers Are Learning How Machines Learn

New blood test useful to detect people at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease

Older adults grow just as many new brain cells as young people

The hidden side to your personality

The secret world of babies

When kids' autistic brains can't calm down

Israel develops pocket-size device to test for heart attacks

Could artificial intelligence get depressed and have hallucinations?

Want to sound like someone people can trust? This new software could help

Dying for the group: What motivates the ultimate sacrifice?

South Korean university’s AI work for defense contractor draws boycott

Which education systems are best? Look past the superficial numbers

A tiny sensor on your tooth could help keep you healthy

Meet Your Interstitium, A Newfound 'Organ'



Nearly 100 scientists spent 2 months on Google Docs to redefine the p-value. Here’s what they came up with

The world’s largest set of brain scans are helping reveal the workings of the mind and how diseases ravage the brain

Tell your boss: When U.S. workers stay home, they save 2 billion billion joules per year

Two psychologists followed 1000 New Zealanders for decades. Here’s what they found about how childhood shapes later life

Online tool calculates reproducibility scores of PubMed papers

Watch this wearable electronic skin control virtual objects

You could soon be manufacturing your own drugs—thanks to 3D printing

'Liquid biopsy' promises early detection for cancer

Artificial intelligence can ‘evolve’ to solve problems

This ‘mind-reading’ algorithm can decode the pictures in your head

Alzheimer’s protein may spread like an infection, human brain scans suggest

Make replication studies ‘a normal and essential part of science,’ Dutch science academy says

Out-of-sync brain waves may explain why we get forgetful as we age

Being bilingual may help autistic children, says new study

Pregnancy really does cause 'baby brain', new research finds 

Study Reveals How The Creative Brain Is Wired



A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

China Just Unveiled The Most Futuristic Library Ever

3 in 10 Parents Say Their Child Has an Internet-Connected Toy

New Research Finds Tablet Device a Potential Risk for Young Children

The "Healthier" Version Of Smoking Is More Harmful To Youthful Users Than It Seems

What makes a happy song? Chances are it has more seventh chords

Scientists are learning to predict psychosis years in advance—and possibly prevent it

Why do people die fighting for a cause?

Small news outlets influence us more than we think

Gene therapy’s new hope: A neuron-targeting virus is saving infant lives

The 105 questions that could predict PTSD risk

What artificial brains can teach us about how our real brains learn

A new study is changing how scientists think about Alzheimer’s disease

Children of legally protected immigrants less likely to suffer mental illness

This robot made of algae can swim through your body—thanks to magnets


Last Updated Date : 08/11/2021