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The shape of work to come

Nature 550, 7676 (2017).

Author: Emily Anthes

Three ways that the digital revolution is reshaping workforces around the world.

Science must examine the future of work

Nature 550, 7676 (2017). doi:10.1038/550301b

As automation changes employment, researchers should gather the evidence to help map the implications.

Blue is in the eye of the bee-holder

Nature 550, 7676 (2017). doi:10.1038/550302a

Flowers have evolved an ingenious way to attract pollinators.

Epic star collision, asteroid fly-by and journal resignations

Nature 550, 7676 (2017).

The week in science: 13–19 October 2017.

New definitions of scientific units are on the horizon

Nature 550, 7676 (2017).

Author: Elizabeth Gibney

Metrologists are poised to change how scientists measure the Universe.

The future of work

Nature 550, 7676 (2017).

Digital technologies are upending the workforce. The right research can tell us how.

Lessons from history for the future of work

Nature 550, 7676 (2017). doi:10.1038/550321a

Author: Robert C. Allen

Global comparisons of previous social and economic upheavals suggest that what is to come depends on where you are now, argues Robert C. Allen.

The second Renaissance

Nature 550, 7676 (2017). doi:10.1038/550327a

Author: Ian Goldin

Ian Goldin calls on scientists to help society to weather the disruptive transformations afoot.

Archaeology: The wonder of the pyramids

Nature 550, 7676 (2017). doi:10.1038/550330a

Author: Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson enjoys a volume rounding up research on the complex at Giza, Egypt.

Books in brief

Nature 550, 7676 (2017). doi:10.1038/550331a

Author: Barbara Kiser

Barbara Kiser reviews five of the week's best science picks.

History: Five millennia of Indian science

Nature 550, 7676 (2017). doi:10.1038/550332a

Author: James Poskett

James Poskett applauds a show celebrating discovery on the subcontinent, from zero to the boson.

Federal funding: Stifled by budgets, not irrelevance

Nature 550, 7676 (2017). doi:10.1038/550333a

Author: Thomas O. Baldwin

Daniel Sarewitz constructs a stereotype of scientists who are left to their own devices and whose research is disconnected from potential applications (Nature547, 139; 10.1038/547139a2017). As president of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), I argue

Ornithology: Danish dairy farmer delivers data coup

Nature 550, 7676 (2017). doi:10.1038/550333b

Authors: Tony Fox & Henning Heldbjerg

Neither the name Peder V. Thellesen nor the Danish Ornithological Society Journal will resonate with most Nature readers. In a striking example of citizen science, the Danish journal has just published 45 years of Thellesen's breeding data from his studies of starlings (

Open data: Spot data glitches before publication

Nature 550, 7676 (2017). doi:10.1038/550333c

Authors: Noah F. Greenwald, Pratiti Bandopadhayay & Rameen Beroukhim

Deposition of raw data into publicly available databases — now a condition of publication in many journals (Nature537, 138; 10.1038/537138a2016) — needs to involve more than just another checkbox for the senior author. Before accepting a manuscript, journals should

PhD students: living wage key to diversity

Nature 550, 7676 (2017). doi:10.1038/550333d

Authors: Larissa K. Barber, Nicholas A. Barber & Holly P. Jones

In our view, your report on side jobs for scientists paints a naive and insensitive picture of the financial and social realities facing many graduate students and other early-career researchers (Nature549, 297–299; 10.1038/nj7671-297a2017). For a group already

PhD students: side jobs are no solution

Nature 550, 7676 (2017). doi:10.1038/550333e

Author: Therice Morris

As a graduate student at a US university, I object strongly to any implication that PhD students should take other jobs on top of their already demanding research (Nature549, 297–299; 10.1038/nj7671-297a2017). That is not, nor should it

Flexible working: Science in the gig economy

Nature 550, 7676 (2017). doi:10.1038/nj7676-419a

Author: Roberta Kwok

Will the future of research rely on independent workers who perform short-term jobs? Labour researchers and freelance scientists share their views.

Trade talk: Habitat helper

Nature 550, 7676 (2017). doi:10.1038/nj7676-421a

Author: Sarah Boon

Breaking and entering

Nature 550, 7676 (2017). doi:10.1038/550424a

Author: Hall Jameson

Escape is not an option.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Nature. doi:10.1038/550S105a

Author: Brian Owens


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