Europe should hold fast to its scientific ambitions
Nature 540, 7634 (2016). doi:10.1038/540483a
The EU’s fresh round of billion-euro Flagship research projects must be open to all types of science.
Corporate culture spreads to Scandinavian institutes
Nature 540, 7633 (2016). doi:10.1038/540315a
The trend of turning universities into businesses is limiting research freedoms in traditionally liberal institutes in...
Get water governance on the global agenda
Nature 540, 7632 (2016). doi:10.1038/540169b
Human activity causes most changes in Earth’s surface water, so policies for its governance must become a priority.
Reform regulations to make pet clinical trials easier
Nature 540, 7632 (2016). doi:10.1038/540169a
Trials in animals can aid both veterinary and human medicine, but complicated rules can stifle them.
Researchers serve up suggestions to reduce food waste
Nature 540, 7631 (2016). doi:10.1038/540008a
A change in cultural and social factors — such as overcoming a distaste for doggy bags — will be required to shift...
Academia must resist political confirmation bias
Nature 540, 7631 (2016). doi:10.1038/540007a
It is crucial to fight discrimination in all its forms, but it is unhelpful to exclude conservative voices from debate....
The power of big data must be harnessed for medical progress
Nature 539, 7630 (2016). doi:10.1038/539467b
But grave challenges remain before the promise of individually tailored medicine becomes reality.
US Cancer Moonshot must strike a balance between research and prevention
Nature 539, 7630 (2016). doi:10.1038/539467a
In the face of uncertain funding, the US initiative should not ignore proven programmes in favour...
Being able to explain your work to passers-by is laudable — but not always possible
Nature 539, 7629 (2016). doi:10.1038/539330a
The first person to invoke the ‘man on the street’ has been identified, but sometimes...
Reality must trump rhetoric after US election shock
Nature 539, 7629 (2016). doi:10.1038/539329a
It is time for scientists and politicians alike to constructively engage with core issues — from climate change and...
Judge science on merit, not assumptions
Nature 539, 7628 (2016). doi:10.1038/539139b
Prejudices about research in particular countries harms the openness required for successful international relationships.
Twitterstorm shows why scientific evidence matters
Nature 539, 7627 (2016). doi:10.1038/539006a
An MP’s dismissive tweet that scientists have ‘no experience of the real world’ highlights a chasm in mutual...
Deciphering the genes that give mammals their stripes and patterns
Nature 539, 7627 (2016). doi:10.1038/539005b
Researchers spot genes in an African mouse to identify the genetics of developmental patterning.*
Early-career researchers need fewer burdens and more support
Nature 538, 7626 (2016). doi:10.1038/538427a
Academia is more difficult than ever for young scientists. That’s bad for them, and bad for science