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In their most basic sense, football and soccer cleats are just shoes with studs that protrude into the ground to keep athletes upright when cutting, faster when sprinting, and stable when pushing. But if you take a look at the footwear of today’s top athletes, we’re a long way from basic.


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30 September
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When I was 11 years old, my older brother left our village in Sierra Leone to study physics in the West. After completing his degree, he returned home to contribute to development. I followed his lead, though I studied genetics—and I never returned to live in Africa. Instead, I established a career in research and research education in the United States. Being an academic scientist in this country with my skin color and accent has not been easy, but I hope that my resilience amid significant challenges offers a path for younger minority scientists.


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30 September
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30 September
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It’s not often that the retirement of a federal bureaucrat meets with an effusion of regret that she’s leaving and praise for her soon-to-be-missed talents. But by many accounts Patricia Dehmer is no ordinary bureaucrat. So when Dehmer, 71, announced last week that she would step down on 10 November after 9 years as deputy director for science programs in the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) $5.35 billion Office of Science in Washington, D.C., many observers were eager to sing her praises and lament her coming departure.


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29 September
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As the science-literate fret about the impact on research of a new president taking office next January, changes in Congress, and in the Senate in particular, could have a major effect as well. Five U.S. senators are retiring whose departures could affect scientific policies and funding in a very significant way. We talked to experts from science-focused nonprofit organizations to ask about what makes a senator science-savvy, and what the departing politicians have done for science.


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29 September
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Students collaborate on a physics experiment at the University of Havana.

The western edge of Havana hides a side of Cuban society that tourists rarely see. High fences and thick vegetation wall off the grand estates and embassies where the elites congregate. And amid these enclaves of privilege lies a cluster of concrete buildings belonging to the Polo Científico del Oeste — the ‘scientific pole’ of Cuba’s capital city. Here, a cluster of biotechnology research institutions are protected from the chaos and poverty of a city in transition.


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29 September
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France’s research and higher-education minister, Thierry Mandon, says that the country’s draft 2017 research budget is the largest increase in 15 years.


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29 September
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If you shatter a bone in the future, a 3D printer and some special ink could be your best medicine. Researchers have created what they call “hyperelastic bone” that can be manufactured on demand and works almost as well as the real thing, at least in monkeys and rats. Though not ready to be implanted in humans, bioengineers are optimistic that the material could be a much-needed leap forward in quickly mending injuries ranging from bones wracked by cancer to broken skulls.


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29 September
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If you’re choosing where to study pharmacy, biochemistry, zoology or other related subjects, the life sciences university ranking can help you to find the best universities in the world for your degree.

The top colleges for life sciences are concentrated in the US and the UK; more than half the 100 universities in a Times Higher Education ranking for life sciences are in one of these two countries.


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