Tools

“The tools which would teach men their own use would be beyond price.” ― Plato
Gene Editing Gives Hope for Inherited Blindness

Gene Editing Gives Hope for Inherited Blindness

A landmark small safety study of a promising new gene therapy approach provides early evidence that directly editing the defective gene may restore some vision loss in people with CEP290-associated retinal degeneration.

A Wild Orangutan’s Self-Medication Secret

A Wild Orangutan’s Self-Medication Secret

Deep in the forests of Sumatra, scientists made an unexpected discovery - a wild orangutan was treating its own wound using plants in a way that provided the first evidence of active wound medication in great apes. Researchers observed a male Sumatran orangutan named...

Measuring the Thickness of Water’s Airy Interface

Measuring the Thickness of Water’s Airy Interface

Aqueous interfaces are ubiquitous in many natural and artificial processes and their significance arises from the unique properties of water molecules within the interfacial region, with a crucial parameter being the thickness of its structural anisotropy or ‘healing depthg’

The Mystery of the Disappearing Fireflies

The Mystery of the Disappearing Fireflies

Fireflies have illuminated summer evenings with their magical glow as long as humanity has observed the night sky, but now anecdotal reports from across North America have suggested that firefly populations have been declining.

Fighting the Nanoplastics

Fighting the Nanoplastics

Most people are familiar with the scourge of microplastics pollution – the microscopic pieces of plastic debris that are pervasive in our waters. But an even smaller and more insidious form of plastic pollution is gaining attention from scientists – nanoplastics.

AI | Hallucinations and Illusions of AI in Science

AI | Hallucinations and Illusions of AI in Science

A new perspective paper published in Nature warns that an overreliance on AI comes with epistemic risks that could undermine the very goals of increased productivity and objectivity that AI promises. See the April DarkDrug Editorial based on this paper

AI | Can AI Assist in Peer Review?

AI | Can AI Assist in Peer Review?

The constant growth in research output has placed tremendous strain on this system as the number of papers requiring expert evaluation increases each year. Could artificial intelligence (AI) offer a solution by assisting reviewers or automating certain tasks?  

Imaging Atoms in Quantum Wave Motion

Imaging Atoms in Quantum Wave Motion

Erwin Schrödinger’s 1920 equation that predicts how particles-turned-waves should behave. is now being recreated in laboratories by researchers

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