2017 JMR Paper of the Year: New model could make metal alloys even stronger

The Journal of Materials Research Paper of the Year recognizes excellence in advancing materials knowledge through written scholarship. The 2017 JMR Paper of the Year has been awarded to Arvind Kalidindi and Christopher A.…


Timber concessions may provide valuable additional conservation land for elephants

Forest elephants are found to occupy timber concession forests in Cameroon within areas currently deemed ‘unlikely’ by IUCN, according to a scientific study published in Oryx —The International Journal of Conservation.…


Artificial Intelligence for Materials

The materials community is just beginning to utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in the research process, and it is already clear that this represents a potentially game changing method to accelerate materials development.


Testing the fossil record: how simulations help us understand the relative roles of diversification and preservation underlying diversity gradients in deep time

Biodiversity hotspots and gradients are a striking feature across the globe today. While the Latitudinal Diversity Gradient is the best known of these biodiversity patterns, strong gradients in species richness also exist in relation to topography and habitat heterogeneity.…


Managing egg incubation to benefit chicken bone strength

The animal article of the month for April is ‘Incubation and hatch management: consequences for bone mineralization in Cobb 500 meat chickens‘ Following two field observations of newly hatched chicks that had soft bones and were having difficulty standing,  we wanted to find out what causes soft bones and, what could be done to prevent this from occurring in the future.   We also wanted to improve the standing ability of meat chickens.…


Au Revoir Atlantic, Hello Aurica

The study “The future of Earth’s oceans: consequences of subduction initiation in the Atlantic and implications for supercontinent formation” by João Duarte et al., recently published in Geological Magazine, presents their dramatic prediction for how the Earth may look in 250 million years from now as Supercontinent Aurica.…


Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen and Oxygen Evolution

Hydrogen is one of the most valuable energy carriers and a clean and renewable energy supply. Electrolysis of water, that is, water splitting into hydrogen and oxygen gases under an electrical bias, offers a near-term and long-term solution for the production of hydrogen gas as fuel and for chemical products with large-scale capability.


The Anthropocene

This is an English translation of the Editorial to Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales Volume 72 – Issue 2. This issue of the Annales contains a thematic dossier dedicated to the Anthropocene, a concept currently enjoying undeniable scientific and public success.…


Science before the Big Bang

Manu Paranjape, author of The Theory and Applications of Instanton Calculations, discusses the science behind Stephen Hawking’s recent interview on Star Talk.…


Making life easier for your readers part 2: top tips in getting your paper accepted

The editorial perspective  For any journal article you write, your first readers will be the journal’s editorial staff and peer reviewers, aside from any colleagues who see your work while you are still working on it.…


Making life easier for your readers: top tips in getting your paper read

The reader perspective Scientists and social scientists read an average of 22 journal articles a month, according to a Nature survey on how much scientists are reading, and most would struggle to find the time to read any more.…


Women and global health: a personal view

In honour of International Women’s Day 2018, we are sharing highlights throughout March, written by and about inspirational female academics. In this blogpost, we share the first part of a paper written by Judith A Whitworth for Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics, an open access journal.…