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Scientists rise up against statistical significance

More than 800 scientists call for statistical significance to be retired, and thus bring an end to hyped claims, wasted resources and missed opportunities.

Journal: Nature (2019) Subject area: Mathematical Sciences
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Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccination and Autism

It’s official (again): The MMR vaccine does not cause autism. Danish researchers studied the records of more than 650,000 children and showed kids who had the MMR vaccine were actually less likely to be diagnosed with autism.

Journal: Annals of Internal Medicine (2019) Subject area: Medical and Health Sciences
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World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency

When more than 11,000 scientists say there’s a climate emergency, it’s time for the world to listen. In a widely-reported paper, scientists from around the world declared “clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.”

Journal: BioScience (2019) Subject area: Environmental Sciences
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Large-scale GWAS reveals insights into the genetic architecture of same-sex sexual behavior

There’s no single gay gene, according to this genetic study involving hundreds of thousands of people; but was it ethical?

Journal: Science (2019) Subject area: Biological Sciences
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New elevation data triple estimates of global vulnerability to sea-level rise and coastal flooding

Living near the coast? You might be at greater risk of flooding than you thought. The number of people threatened by the global rise in sea level and floods could be triple the previous estimates, due to accelerated climate change.

Journal: Nature Communications (2019) Subject area: Engineering
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Civic honesty around the globe

Scientists ‘lost’ 17,000 fake wallets around the world and found that the more money there is in the wallet, the more likely it is to be returned. Why? Because we find it hard to think of ourselves as thieves.

Journal: Science (2019) Subject area: Economics
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Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor

Google made a quantum leap that may transform computing, claiming ‘quantum supremacy’ in a paper describing a device that uses quantum physics to speed up calculations.

Journal: Nature (2019) Subject area: Technology
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No evidence for globally coherent warm and cold periods over the preindustrial Common Era

The 20th Century was the warmest period in two millennia, and it wasn’t down to ‘natural’ fluctuations in Earth’s temperature—poking major holes in climate change denialists' arguments to the contrary. According to this study, there have been temperature fluctuations in the past, but there were no uniformly globally cold or warm periods in the last 2,000 years.

Journal: Nature (2019) Subject area: Earth Sciences
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How will Brexit affect health services in the UK? An updated evaluation

Any Brexit is a bad Brexit when it comes to healthcare in the UK, but a no deal Brexit would be the worst outcome, making it harder to recruit healthcare workers from overseas and jeopardizing the health of Britons abroad.

Journal: The Lancet (2019) Subject area: Studies in Human Society
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Speech synthesis from neural decoding of spoken sentences

A device that translates brain signals into speech could help people who have had a stroke or been paralyzed communicate again.

Journal: Nature (2019) Subject area: Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
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Water vapour in the atmosphere of the habitable-zone eight-Earth-mass planet K2-18 b

Is there life on other planets? If there is, the ‘super-Earth’ K2-18 b is the ideal candidate: Scientists have found that it has the right temperature to support life, and there’s water in its atmosphere.

Journal: Nature Astronomy (2019) Subject area: Physical Sciences
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Large teams develop and small teams disrupt science and technology

Bigger isn’t always better, at least not in science: Smaller teams are more likely to be disruptive and innovative, while larger teams tend to gather and build on existing knowledge. The findings come from an analysis of more than 65 million papers, patents and software projects.

Journal: Nature (2019) Subject area: Information and Computing Sciences
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Cows painted with zebra-like striping can avoid biting fly attack

Scientists have figured out how to stop the agricultural plague of biting insects, and it might mean we’ll be seeing fields full of cows painted like zebras. In this study, painting cows with black and white stripes helped stave off the pests, giving the cows the same protection zebras have.

Journal: PLOS ONE (2019) Subject area: Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
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