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29 October 2014

The discovery of Homo floresiensis: Tales of the hobbit

In 2004, researchers announced the discovery of Homo floresiensis, a small relative of modern humans that lived as recently as 18,000 years ago. The ‘hobbit’ is now considered the most important hominin fossil in a generation. Here, the scientists behind the find tell its story.

22 October 2014

Scientific method: Statistical errors

P values, the 'gold standard' of statistical validity, are not as reliable as many scientists assume.

12 February 2014

Cloning comeback

Ten years ago, Woo Suk Hwang rose to the top of his field before fraud and dodgy bioethical practices derailed his career. Can a scientific pariah redeem himself?

14 January 2014

Neuroscience: Brains of Norway

Nobel prizewinners May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser have spent a career together near the Arctic Circle exploring how our brains know where we are.

6 October 2014 

Infectious disease: Ebola’s lost ward 

A hospital in Sierra Leone has struggled to continue its research amid the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

24 September 2014

Life outside the lab: The ones who got away

Sometimes, the brightest stars in science decide to leave. Nature finds out where they go.

3 September 2014

Plasma physics: The fusion upstarts

Fuelled by venture capital and a lot of hope, alternative fusion technologies are heating up.

23 July 2014

Biomarkers and ageing: The clock-watcher

Biomathematician Steve Horvath has discovered a strikingly accurate way to measure human ageing through epigenetic signatures.

8 April 2014

Global health: Deadly dinners

Polluting biomass stoves, used by one-third of the global population, take a terrible toll. But efforts to clean them up are failing.

28 May 2014

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