MUMININAN/ISTOCK Although researchers often have valid reasons to take text they have already published and reuse it in new papers, peers often frown on such recycling as “self-plagiarism.” But when Cary Moskovitz of Duke University, who studies the teaching of writing, went looking for guidance on self-plagiarism for his students, […]

GETTY IMAGES Scientists have expressed support for a leading artificial-intelligence ethics researcher who says Google fired her. An open letter demanding transparency has now been signed by more than4,500 people, including DeepMind researchers and UK academics. Google denies Timnit Gebru’s account of events that led to her leaving the company. She […]

In 2019, US President Donald Trump declared “space is the new war-fighting domain”. This followed the creation of the US Space Force and a commitment to “American dominance” in outer space. Other space-faring nations, and those who fear the acceleration of an arms race in space, were greatly concerned. At the latest meeting of the United […]

Some researchers wonder whether anyone but the best funded will be able to afford the cost of Nature’s top open-access fee. RANNEV/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM The elite Nature family of journals, including the flagship Nature, today announced it is taking the plunge into open access in scientific publishing. The journals will become among the […]

A systematic review of published research found that financial payments from the drug industry to U.S. physicians was associated with increased prescribing of the paying drug company’s drug. The association was consistent across all studies and several studies presented evidence that the association was not correlation, but causation, meaning the […]

Have you used Google lately and been greeted by a yellow warning saying that the way Australians search on Google is under threat? To understand why these messages are appearing, Media Files interviewed former chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Professor Allan Fels, and CEO of the […]

Dissections are a staple of high school science classes. But they may not benefit everyone. (Credit: PJ Garrett/Shutterstock) Each time Karina Frey picked up a scalpel to begin a dissection in her high school science classes, she felt sad. “I’m an animal lover,” she says, “so knowing animals were killed […]