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Europe abandons plans for ‘flagship’ billion-euro research projects

Three existing flagships will continue under plans developed through Horizon 2020, the European Union’s science funding framework: projects on graphene, the human brain, and quantum technology.

China set to introduce gene-editing regulation

The draft rules mean that anyone who manipulates human genes in adults or embryos is responsible for adverse outcomes.

German research promised a decade of budget increases

German research organizations cheered a decision announced at May 3, 2019 by state and federal ministers to increase research budgets by 3% a year for the next decade - a total boost of €17 billion over that time.

Google research shows how AI can make ophthalmologists more effective

As artificial intelligence continues to evolve, diagnosing disease faster and potentially with greater accuracy than physicians, some have suggested that technology may soon replace tasks that physicians currently perform.

Connecting research and education across Europe and beyond

Co-funded by the EU and Europe's National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), the GÉANT network provides computing infrastructure and high-speed data connections between EU countries and beyond, enabling researchers to quickly and securely transfer large amounts of data all over the world.

Supporting EU-Russian scientific collaboration

An EU-funded project has fostered in-depth dialogue between Europe and Russia on stepping up scientific collaboration.

How I self-advocate for researchers with disabilities and illnesses

Isobel Williams has an autoimmune disease. The support network that she co-founded is helping to improve life in academia for people with long-term health conditions.

Scientists rise up against statistical significance

Call for an end to hyped claims and the dismissal of possibly crucial effects.

Plagiarism detectors are a crutch, and a problem

Academics and editors need to stop pretending that software always catches recycled text and start reading more carefully.

Gender balance in research is improving, but pace is too slow: EU She Figures

The number of women with a career in research is slowly growing in Europe. Still, they remain significantly underrepresented, and their potential not fully recognised and valued.

What I wish my friends and family knew about my PhD

Support must come from a place of understanding.

Rent or conference!

Early-career researchers shouldn’t have to choose.

Top US institutes still aren’t reporting clinical-trial results on time

US law requires researchers to post study findings on a public registry within a year of completion — or face heavy fines.

New Horizon Impact Award 2019 contest opens: apply by 28 May

The prize acknowledges and rewards the most influential and impactful project results under Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme, and its predecessor, the 7th Framework programme.

Algorithm for a “deep learning” process can predict OCT measurements from colour fundus photographs

Research scientists in Switzerland and the United States have published a new study to apply “deep learning” (DL) algorithms using colour fundus photographs (CFPs) to detect 97% accuracy results in diabetic macular edema (DME).