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Starting next July, open-access journal eLife will review and publish only papers that have already been posted on a preprint server, such as bioRxiv, medRxiv or arXiv. Other journals use a similar publish-then-review system, but eLife combines this idea with the conventional journal system by only publishing the manuscripts that pass its review process. The journal also plans to start posting all of its peer-review reports on preprint servers, whether or not a paper is accepted for publication.
For only the second time ever, material from an asteroid has been brought back to Earth. A capsule from Japan’s daring Hayabusa2 mission landed in an Australian desert last week, and mission scientists confirmed that they could see black, sandy material at the entrance of the collection chamber, brought back from the Ryugu asteroid. “The samples we got from Ryugu are very pure without contamination from the Earth’s atmosphere and we confirmed that there was no leakage,” says Yuichi Tsuda, project manager for the mission at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
Features & opinion
In her new book Ahead of the Curve, science writer and Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) alumna Kathy Weston spotlights some of the women who have passed through the storied laboratory in Cambridge, UK. Her book is based on interviews with women who thrived in this high-pressure environment and went on to become global leaders in their fields. “In some places you wouldn’t get acknowledged for what you’d done but that was never the case at the LMB,” says molecular biophysicist Joan Steitz.
Some of the unsung heroes of science are those who care for the uncountable numbers of Drosophila that underpin entire scientific disciplines. Staff at the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center at Indiana University breed them, feed them and distribute them to labs everywhere. When COVID started forcing labs to close, they took on heavy workloads under intense pressure, often in isolation, to keep the fruit flies flowing. “I mostly just love the flies and don’t want them to die,” says Carol Sylvester, a stockeeper at the center. “I never thought I would love larvae so much.”
When New Yorker Warren Leight spotted a gaggle of photographers, he assumed they were paparazzi — but it turns out the gathering crowd was trying to spot a very special bird.
It “reminded me that if you keep looking up, you might see something rare and wonderful”, wrote Leight.
Words to live by — even if sometimes clouds obscures the view of a lifetime, like it did for some solar-eclipse viewers on Monday.
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With contributions by Anna Jay and David Cyranoski