Nature Summaries and Reviews
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Identify sources of inequity, de-bias training data and develop algorithms that are robust to skews in data, urge James Zou and Londa Schiebinger.
Genetically identical primates offer the best models of human disease, but raise ethical issues.
There are reasons to be optimistic that the world will break its addiction to fossil fuels. But time is running out.
Maintaining momentum is crucial as nations build a treaty to safeguard the high seas, argue Glen Wright, Julien Rochette, Kristina M. Gjerde and Lisa A. Levin.
Young people who are already struggling offline might experience greater negative effects of life online, writes Candice Odgers.
Artificial intelligence and brain-computer interfaces must respect and preserve people’s privacy, identity, agency and equality, say Rafael Yuste, Sara Goering and colleagues.
Learning more about how pollutants enter and damage the body would reduce disease and deaths, say Jos Lelieveld and Ulrich Pöschl.
A campaign to increase preimplantation genetic diagnosis could put the country on the path towards eliminating certain diseases.
Trace people, not papers; a new way to measure the impact of science on society.
Artificial intelligence can speed up research into new photovoltaic, battery and carbon-capture materials, argue Edward Sargent, Alán Aspuru-Guzik and colleagues.
How Anne Wojcicki took the start-up firm from the brink of failure to scientific preeminence.
Researchers are painting intricate pictures of individual memories and learning how the brain works in the process.
The womb was thought to be sterile. Some scientists argue it’s where the microbiome begins.
A tour through the most studied genes in biology reveals some surprises.
Amid a tumultuous political landscape, a generation of black researchers is gearing up to transform South African science.
Three ways that the digital revolution is reshaping workforces around the world.
Xuemei Bai and colleagues call for long-term, cross-disciplinary studies to reduce carbon emissions and urban risks from global warming.
Cheap and abundant shale gas is changing how the chemical industry makes the ingredients of modern life. Chemists want to ensure that it’s change for the better.
The world is lit at night like never before, and ecologists are assessing the damage.
Artificial illumination can stop us sleeping and make us ill. We need fresh strategies and technologies, argues Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska.
Lab heads should let junior researchers take their projects with them when they start their own labs – it drives innovation and discovery, argues Ben A. Barres.
Governments must provide incentives for businesses to fix the global food system, not just punish them for acting irresponsibly, argues Lawrence Haddad.
Even the simplest networks of neurons defy understanding. So how do neuroscientists hope to untangle brains with billions of cells?
Evolution favours the body form best adapted to the local environment, but it can also favour rare forms. Stickleback experiments reveal how these two selection forces can interact, and how this can limit population divergence.
How flashing lights, pink noise or other non-invasive approaches to taming brainwaves might one day turn into treatments for neurodegenerative disease.
Chan Zuckerberg Science will prioritize the elements that made roundworm studies soar – creativity, openness and shareable resources, writes its president, Cori Bargmann.
A surcharge on energy producers would fund climate adaptation and the low-carbon transition, suggest Anthony J. Webster and Richard H. Clarke.
Create an artificial-intelligence platform for the planet, urges Lucas N. Joppa.
China has a lucrative market for fake research reagents. Some scientists are fighting back.
Gaps in the fossil record have limited our understanding of how Homo sapiens evolved. The discovery in Morocco of the earliest known H. sapiens fossils might revise our ideas about human evolution in Africa.
The ability to become nearly any cell type is restricted to eggs, sperm and primitive stem cells in very early embryos. Maintaining this pluripotent state in vitro comes at a cost.
An experimental procedure is exposing the links between the nervous and immune systems. Could it be the start of a revolution?
Research on collective recall takes on new importance in a post-fact world.