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The Black Hole

BY JONATHAN THON | OCT 02 2018

While anything can be funded, scientific research teams often need to demonstrate a realistic path to a financial return on investment to get funded.

BY DAVID KENT | SEP 21 2018

The current academic career structure rewards short-term deliverables rather than high-risk, high-reward research.

BY JONATHAN THON | SEP 07 2018

How the Bayh-Dole Act succeeded in kickstarting an explosion of technological innovation.

BY DAVID KENT | AUG 31 2018

The culture of scientific research desperately needs a makeover. Enter the eLife Ambassador program.

BY JONATHAN THON | AUG 09 2018

Translational research should be scientist-driven and institutionally supported, not the other way around.

BY DAVID KENT | JUL 27 2018

After nearly 10 years, some issues have definitely moved on, but so many are still stuck in really dark and nasty places.

BY JONATHAN THON | JUL 13 2018

Feedback from multiple sources ensures that faculty are not disillusioning themselves with misguided opinions on their strengths and weaknesses.

BY DAVID KENT | JUL 05 2018

Public perception of which cancers get research funding differs greatly from what actually gets funded. Here’s why. 

BY JONATHAN THON | JUN 27 2018

While every organization is different, sharing best practices can help inform process development.

BY DAVID KENT | JUN 20 2018

It is sad that highly-qualified, highly-educated scientific researchers need to worry about pleading their case to have a national pension contribution.

BY JONATHAN THON | JUN 11 2018

The scientific profession is not for everyone, but there is no reason why we should actively be forcing people out.

BY DAVID KENT | MAY 28 2018

How about offering permanent lecturers the ability to undertake research in a leading lab in the same department?

BY JONATHAN THON | MAY 18 2018

While no one is arguing for funding failure, the challenge is how we define “success.”

BY DAVID KENT | MAY 10 2018

David Kent looks at whether it is ethical (and legal) for an academic to share a paper they are reviewing with their lab group.

BY JONATHAN THON | MAY 02 2018

Among the most interesting implications is the recognition that universities are not exempt from patent infringement for basic research.

BY DAVID KENT | APR 20 2018

I can happily report that something has indeed changed at NSERC and the number of postdoctoral fellowships being awarded is definitely recovering.

BY JONATHAN THON | APR 12 2018

This U.S. act allows biotech startups to use patented technology for the purposes of generating data for FDA approval without needing to take out costly licenses.

BY DAVID KENT | APR 03 2018

David Kent looks at some of the new ways scientific journals are trying to fix the current peer review system.

BY JONATHAN THON | MAR 28 2018

Kevin Leland created Halo, a curated fundraising platform for medical research, so that promising discoveries had a fighting chance to make it across the valley.

BY JONATHAN THON | MAR 09 2018

These committees review and provide input into scientific endeavors, but perhaps the merit of a project should also be assessed by how difficult it is to assemble this panel of experts.