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    The discipline’s historic prominence in China is underpinned by its crucial value to industrial processes. Committed funding sees it leading the way in emerging areas, such as nanomaterials.

    • Hepeng Jia
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    Studies to improve the productivity, resistance and taste of rice crops are central to China’s commanding position in plant biology.

    • Hepeng Jia
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    China’s nanotech industry is forging ahead, with high funding levels, a maturing talent pool, and international experience.

    • Sarah O’Meara
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    To become a world-leading scientific nation in every sense, China needs to close the quality gap.

    • Catherine Armitage
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    Few Chinese researchers are regarded as global leaders, as the pressure for rapid output prevails.

    • Futao Huang
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    A permissive regulatory climate and a pragmatic approach has seen China’s bioscience sector soar.

    • Smriti Mallapaty
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    China now publishes more scientific research than the United States, but on measures of quality, including publication of articles in the top-notch journals tracked by the Nature Index, it still falls short, with some notable subject exceptions.

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    The increasing production of papers and a propensity to cite compatriots makes China likely to win the referencing race.

    • Vincent Larivière
    • , Kaile Gong
    •  & Cassidy R. Sugimoto
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    The FAST telescope dish, stretching half a kilometre, will thrust China’s radio astronomers into a role of global leadership.

    • Mark Zastrow
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    A rich research network has secured Munich’s position as a centre of science in Europe.

    • Hristio Boytchev
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    The growing impact of second-tier cities is narrowing the gap in research production.

    • Marion Maisonobe
    • , Laurent Jégou
    •  & Guillaume Cabanac
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    Scientific innovation has long powered the San Francisco Bay Area’s economy, but community and political challenges could undermine progress.

    • Katherine Bourzac
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    Science cities should engage with local communities to stay on top.

    • Smriti Mallapaty
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    A hive of innovation, Wuhan has stormed up the Nature Index, but competition for talent is heating up.

    • Hepeng Jia
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    São Paulo carries the scientific weight of a financially stricken country, but how much more can it endure?

    • Herton Escobar
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    The top collaborating cities in the Nature Index are located in the same country.

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    Africa’s science star is confronting its colonial past to set a more inclusive research scene, benefitting more of its citizens.

    • Linda Nordling
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    Although China leads the pack, fast-moving institutions are building their research reputations the world over.

    • Anja Krieger
    • , Bianca Nogrady
    • , Neil Savage
    •  & Mark Zastrow
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    Strength in different sectors, subjects and regions contributes to a country's success.

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    The young universities whose growth in high-quality research surpasses their peers.

    • Gemma Conroy
    • , Smriti Mallapaty
    • , Sarah O’Meara
    •  & T. V. Padma
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    Scientists are under increasing pressure to perform a variety of tasks earlier in their careers.

    • Smriti Mallapaty
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    Even sophisticated, data-driven models of academic careers have trouble forecasting the highs and lows.

    • Smriti Mallapaty
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    These newcomers are making their mark in science across the disciplines.

    • Catherine Armitage
    • , Katherine Bourzac
    • , Elie Dolgin
    •  & Smriti Mallapaty
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    The global proliferation of Earth and environmental datasets opens new avenues for discovery.

    • Neil Savage
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    By modelling the course of climate change, scientists are building an arsenal to prepare for its impact.

    • Katherine Bourzac
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    Collaboration following the Fukushima disaster led to discoveries that could improve management of bluefin tuna.

    • Smriti Mallapaty
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    A mutually beneficial collaboration between a water company and a small applied science university yields an innovative and sustainable treatment.

    • Jack Leeming
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    Top 5 Earth and environmental science articles by Altmetric Score from 2012 to 2017.

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    Interdisciplinary encounters across the geosciences are yielding new insights into the workings of Earth and beyond.

    • Sarah DeWeerdt
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    Academic reward structures discourage the pursuit of vital research.

    • Richard Kingsford
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    Urgent environmental problems central to national well-being jostle for the attention of China’s scientists as they strive to produce research with global prestige.

    • Hepeng Jia
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    International collaborations are rising, but not enough to put Japan on the international researcher circuit.

    • Daniel Hurst
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    Japan's vision of a high-tech, 'super-smart' society relies on sustained investment to arrest scientific decline.

    • Tim Hornyak
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    A graphic representation shows how Japan’s production of natural-science papers has fallen but some institutions shine.

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    Efforts to improve Japan's scientific status include top-down institutional change, but tradition is hard to break.

    • Ichiko Fuyuno
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    An institute’s work on warning and mitigation systems for catastrophic events is a national priority.

    • Tim Hornyak
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    Gakushuin University is the top-ranking institution when assessed on the quality of its research in the natural sciences.

    • Tim Hornyak
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    Across the scientific fields, Japanese researchers are bringing together the virtual and real worlds.

    • Smriti Mallapaty
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    A push for more Japanese women of science.

    • Noriko Osumi
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    With permanent academic jobs scarce, young researchers on temporary contracts are nervous about the future. The government wants industry to utilize their talents.

    • Smriti Mallapaty
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    Osaka University bets on commercial-academic collaborations to survive.

    • Ichiko Fuyuno
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    Continuing decline in Japan’s research performance bodes ill for the country’s ambition to become a ‘super-smart’ society.

    • Catherine Armitage