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“One woman can change a lot if she is determined”

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Music and science: a harmonious or discordant duo?

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The underlying physics of natural hazards

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Refugee scientists under the spotlight

Andy Extance reports on initiatives to help scientists who have fled their homeland


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Matthew Watson explains how drones are helping scientists to map and monitor active volcanoes – work that could save human lives



Building bridges with the West

Fuchun Zhang on the challenges of attracting researchers to China


Whose cave is it?

Robert P Crease is unhappy about what some physicists think about Plato



Gedanken fictions

Thought X – a collection of short stories based on thought experiments in science and philosophy – is a fascinating experiment itself, writes Kate Gardner


Inferiority is complex

Inferior, which calls out the bad science used to endorse the cultural prejudice that women are biologically and psychologically second rate to men, is an engaging and harrowing read says Jess Wade

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