Science

We all need good hand hygiene, but antibacterial soap is a waste of time

My partner recently bought antibacterial handwash. It turns out I have unnecessarily strong feelings on antibacterial soap.

If Google’s Alphafold2 really has solved the protein folding problem, they need to show their working

If Alphafold2 is as transformative as its makers claim, keeping its knowledge secret is troubling - especially when medical advances could be made if this technology is as good as they claim.

Four perspectives on peer review: why it goes wrong, and why we need to fix it

The peer review process is vital, but it is riddled with errors and issues; the quality of future science depends on trying to improve it

Comedians can help us see the funny side of a world governed by blind chance

Scientists recognise that the world is governed by blind chance - a view embraced by comedians. Sean B. Carroll asks Eric Idle why that is.

A new study suggests coronavirus antibodies fade over time – but how concerned should we be?

We shouldn't be overly worried by the data showing that coronavirus antibodies wane after infection, explains immunologist Professor Sheena Cruickshank

Are digital pregnancy tests simply taking the pee?

Digital pregnancy tests might look like another example of expensive e-waste, but we should look more carefully about their use and accessibility before we rush to condemn.

(False) memories of childhood

On 5 October 2017, I, along with four other memory researchers, read out an essay on memory in front of an audience at the...

The Death and Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

On the 29th January, 1951, a woman named Henrietta Lacks called into John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, complaining that she felt a ‘knot’ in...

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