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  • I returned my neuroscience grant to devote my career to the climate crisis

    Neuroscientist turned climate-action researcher Adam Aron leads a protest against fossil-fuel investment at the University of California, San Diego.Credit: Green New Deal at UCSD By 2021, Adam Aron had had a 20-year career in cognitive neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), having published more than 60 articles related to memory, impulse control and neurodegeneration. But, that year,…

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  • Why a publisher retracted abortion-pill studies cited in a case set for the Supreme Court

    A physician at a clinic in New Mexico watches as a person takes the abortion pill mifepristone in 2023.Credit: Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters Early this month, a scientific publisher retracted two studies1,2 cited by a federal judge in Texas when he ruled that the abortion pill mifepristone should be taken off the market, suggesting that the drug causes a burden on the…

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  • Save lives in the next pandemic: ensure vaccine equity now

    Since 2022, member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) have been negotiating a new treaty — provisionally termed the Pandemic Agreement. If adopted, it would transform how the world handles pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. Opinions differ on what negotiators should prioritize. But no issue has captivated public attention as much as vaccine equity — or done more to…

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  • Directive giant upconversion by supercritical bound states in the continuum

    Theory In the section ‘TCMT: critical coupling for an isolated mode’, the local field enhancement at critical coupling for an isolated resonant mode is demonstrated. In the section ‘Open-resonator TCMT’, the non-Hermitian Hamiltonian formalism of TCMT for FW-BIC formation is used. It will be shown that, as the asymptotic condition of BIC cannot be ideally reached, the FW quasi-BIC originates…

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  • Building robots to get kids hooked on STEM subjects

    Sponsor message: 00:00 This Working Scientist podcast series is sponsored by the University of Queensland, where research is addressing some of the world’s most challenging and complex problems. Take your research further at UQ. Visit uq.edu.au Juliana Gil: 00:25 Hello, this is How to Save Humanity 17 Goals, a podcast brought to you by Nature Careers in partnership with Nature…

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  • Ultrafast, nanoscale control of electrical currents using light

    Schiffrin, A. et al. Nature 493, 70–74 (2013). Article  PubMed  Google Scholar  Higuchi, T., Heide, C., Ullmann, K., Weber, H. B. & Hommelhoff, P. Nature 550, 224–228 (2017). Article  PubMed  Google Scholar  Pettine, J. et al. Light Sci. Appl. 12, 133 (2023). Article  PubMed  Google Scholar  Dhillon, S. S. et al. J. Phys. D 50, 043001 (2017). Article  Google Scholar …

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  • A researcher-exchange programme made me a better doctor at home and abroad

    Caleb Skipper (right) answers questions about lumbar puncture with translation help from Alisat Sadiq (centre) at Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala.Credit: Caleb Skipper Caleb Skipper had his first interaction with African science in 2009, when he visited Ethiopia as an undergraduate at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He spent a year working on a project to…

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  • what it means for scientists

    Michael Mann was responsible for the famous ‘hockey-stick graph’ depicting climate warming.Credit: James Ross/Australian Associated Press/Alamy US climate scientist Michael Mann has prevailed in a lawsuit that accused two conservative commentators of defamation for challenging his research and comparing him to a convicted child molester. A jury awarded Mann, who is based at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, more…

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  • Open science — embrace it before it’s too late

    Biodiversity science is benefiting from volunteer researchers (seen here working at Chicago’s Fields Museum).Credit: Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service/Getty The ‘open science’ concept is gaining more followers, not least through the efforts of the cultural organization UNESCO. Over the past several years, the organization has been consulting on how science can become more collaborative, transparent, accessible, equitable and inclusive, which…

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  • Building used by Marie Curie will be dismantled to erect cancer centre

    French-Polish chemist Marie Skłodowska-Curie discovered radium and later used radioactivity to treat patients at the Radium Institute in Paris.Credit: Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis via Getty A row over a building once used by chemist Marie Skłodowska-Curie has been resolved following negotiations between the French culture ministry and a group of scientists who want to demolish the site to build a leading cancer-research…

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