Science in longform: Favourite feature stories in 2018

The first experiment to dim the Sun, the rise of traditional Chinese medicine and an internet of animals are among the stories that shaped 2018.

Colombia: after the violence Peace efforts in the country have ended 50 years of intense conflict. Now, scientists are studying former fighters and victims as they attempt to heal.

How to build a Moon base Researchers are ramping up plans for living on the Moon.

Illustration by Maciej Rębisz

The internet of animals that could help to save vanishing wildlife Martin Wikelski has spent 17 years getting an antenna into space to track animals around the world. That’s the first step in his plan to revolutionize biology.

Why Chinese medicine is heading for clinics around the world For the first time, the World Health Organization will recognize traditional medicine in its influential global medical compendium.

These dusty young stars are changing the rules of planet-building Astronomers peer inside planetary nurseries for clues about how our Solar System and others came to be.

Artist’s impression of a young star surrounded by a protoplanetary disc

An artist’s impression of a planetary nursery, in which growing planets etch rings in the disk of dust and gas around a young star.Credit: ESO/L. Calçada

100 bats and a long, dark tunnel: one neuroscientist’s quest to unlock the secrets of 3D navigation How does the brain know where it is? Nachum Ulanovsky hopes his flying friends can help him find the answer.

Bias detectives: the researchers striving to make algorithms fair As machine learning infiltrates society, scientists are trying to help ward off injustice.

Illustration by Mario Wagner

A reboot for chronic fatigue syndrome research Research into this debilitating disease has a rocky past. Now scientists may finally be finding their footing.

The battle for the soul of biodiversity An ideological clash could undermine a crucial assessment of the world’s disappearing plant and animal life.

First Sun-dimming experiment will test a way to cool Earth Researchers plan to spray sunlight-reflecting particles into the stratosphere, an approach that could ultimately be used to quickly lower the planet’s temperature.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-07748-5
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