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After rising steadily for decades, global carbon-dioxide emissions fell by 6.4%, or 2.3 billion tonnes, in 2020. The United States contributed the most to the global dip, with a nearly 13% decrease in its emissions, due mostly to a sharp decline in vehicle transportation. The decline is significant — roughly double Japan’s yearly emissions — but smaller than many climate researchers expected given the scale of the pandemic, and it is not expected to last once the virus is brought under control.
Nature | 5 min read
Features & opinion
“The experience [of retracting a paper] has not left me bitter,” writes experimental psychologist Ben de Haas. “If anything, it brought me back to my original motivation for doing research.” Despite the pain of losing work he was proud of, solving a mystery and working collaboratively with fellow researchers was a positive experience overall. He calls for incentives that foster the common goal of better research.
Nature | 5 min read
The 2020 Nature Research Awards for Mentoring in Science recognized three researchers working in Israel. Cancer biologist Neta Erez and molecular biologist Tal Pupko shared the mid-career mentoring achievement award. Bioinformatician Hanah Margalit won the award for lifetime achievement in mentoring. The winners have much in common beyond their shared location: each sees mentorship as a fundamental part of their role as a scientist. Nature spoke to them to learn more about their mentoring styles and their top tips for leading a lab.
Nature | 7 min read
Economist Mariana Mazzucato is one of the architects of the biggest international research-funding scheme in the world, Horizon Europe, which launched this month. Her book Mission Economy is a timely and optimistic vision of how to fix the world’s economic problems through directed public and private investment, writes reviewer Jayati Ghosh. “Mazzucato presents her arguments so simply and clearly that they can seem obvious,” writes Ghosh. “In fact, they are revolutionary.”
Nature | 6 min read
The concept of knuckle-dragging cavemen is long expired, but there is still plenty to learn about how female Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) lived. From babyhood, through sexual maturity and childbirth, to the lasting marks of women’s work on their bones, palaeolithic archaeologist Rebecca Wragg Sykes explores the evidence.
Aeon | 18 min read