Online Editorials Archive

Lab Times Summer Read (6) – “The Heart of Research is Sick”

Red(July 28th, 2017) Digging deep into our archive, we found quite a few gems from the past, worth a second read. Here's a 2011 interview with developmental biologist Peter Lawrence about the 'broken' research system. more

Lab Times Summer Read (5) – Feel a Fish and Make it Happy

Red(July 25th, 2017) Digging deep into our archive, we found quite a few gems from the past, worth a second read. Here's a 2012 Research Letter from our corresponding author, Tocou Peixes, from Portugal. more

Lab Times Summer Read (4) – “We Have to be Prepared”

Red(July 21st, 2017) Digging deep into our archive, we found quite a few gems from the past, worth a second read. Here's a 2009 interview with vaccine researcher Rino Rappuoli about the worldwide swine flu pandemic at that time. more

Lab Times Summer Read (3) – Spitting Hedgehogs

Red(July 18th, 2017) Digging deep into our archive, we found quite a few gems from the past, worth a second read. Here's some Incredible Science from the secret archives of the IgNobel committee, from 2007. more

Lab Times Summer Read (2) - “For Science, Play is Not a Luxury”

Red(July 14th, 2017) Digging deep into our archive, we found quite a few gems from the past, worth a second read. Here's an interview with the inventor of the Southern blot, Edwin Southern, from 2013. more

Lab Times Summer Read (1) – Praying for Dopamine

Red(July 12th, 2017) Digging deep into our archive, we found quite a few gems from the past, worth a second read. Here's a Lab Times classic from 2009, a Research Letter from Denmark by our corresponding author, Tahor Grundtvig. more

On Holiday

Red(July 5th, 2017) Lab Times online will take a break until August. So, enjoy summer but don't forget... more

The Wrong Path

Red(July 4th, 2017) Non-functioning antibodies are a nuisance in every lab. But when two decades of research are based on them, problems are of a much bigger dimension. more

Run the Experiments (12) - Tea Time!

Red(July 3rd, 2017) Here's a new episode of Lab Times' serialised crime story. more


Science Fun of the Week

Red(June 30th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Riot in the Respiratory Tract. more

Ongoing UK Research Problems (4) – Royal Charter No More?

Red(June 29th, 2017) Independent of Brexit uncertainties, Jeremy Garwood reports on a number of other UK government policy changes and plans that are already changing the UK research labscape. more

Ongoing UK Research Problems (3) – Governing Science

Red(June 27th, 2017) Independent of Brexit uncertainties, Jeremy Garwood reports on a number of other UK government policy changes and plans that are already changing the UK research labscape. more

Run the Experiments (11) - The Man with the Yellow Cap

Red(June 26th, 2017) Here's a new episode of Lab Times' serialised crime story. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(June 23rd, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Noninsect Arthropods in Popular Music. more

Playfully Unlocking Molecular Secrets

Red(June 22nd, 2017) Life scientists from Imperial College London helped to develop a new free mobile computer game, which wants to crack one of the hardest problems in biological science – how molecules fit together. more

Cyborgisation of Mankind

Red(June 21st, 2017) Switzerland-based publisher Frontiers awarded its first Frontiers Spotlight Award, honouring an entire research topic – brain augmentation. more

Run the Experiments (10) - An Unusual Meeting

Red(June 19th, 2017) Here's a new episode of Lab Times serialised crime story. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(June 16th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Prokaryote Poetry. more

Fighting Fraud Together

Red(June 15th, 2017) A new European network tackling scientific misconduct was launched in May. Will it be a step forward to academic integrity? more

Popular Poplar on Social Media

Red(June 13th, 2017) Expecting tweets only from birds sitting in trees? A poplar tree at Wageningen University learned to twitter itself – with a little help from the scientists who work with it. more

Run the Experiments (9) - A Serious Loss

Red(June 12th, 2017) Here's a new episode of Lab Times' serialised crime story. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(June 9th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: A precious case from Middle Earth. more

Gold for Protein Scientist

Red(June 8th, 2017) Maya Schuldiner from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel is the recipient of the 2017 EMBO Gold Medal. She receives the award for significantly advancing the understanding of protein synthesis, trafficking and quality control in yeast. more

Run the Experiments (8) - Viva Espana!

Red(June 6th, 2017) Here's a new episode of Lab Times' serialised crime story. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(June 2nd, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: The evolution of household articles. more

Defying the Limits of the Visible

Red(June 1st, 2017) Viruses, proteins or subcellular structures are only possible to observe through expensive techniques that often kill or destroy the sample. But this might change as a group of scientists in Europe are pushing the boundaries of what optics has so far allowed us. more


Ongoing UK Research Problems (2) – Gagging Science

Red(May 30th, 2017) Independent of Brexit uncertainties, Jeremy Garwood reports on a number of other UK government policy changes and plans that are already changing the UK research labscape. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(May 26th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Eminem in the lab. more

Ongoing UK Research Problems (1) – Government and Science Advice

Red(May 25th, 2017) Independent of Brexit uncertainties, Jeremy Garwood reports on a number of other UK government policy changes and plans that are already changing the UK research labscape. more

Expert Help

Red(May 23rd, 2017) The European Science Foundation launched an expert services division called Science Connect last month. Lab Times got in touch with Jean-Claude Worms, the ESF Chief Executive to learn more about this division and the services they offer. more

Run the Experiments (7) - On the Run

Red(May 22nd, 2017) Here's a new episode of Lab Times' serialised crime story. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(May 19th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Something straight from the Little Shop of Horrors. more

Olfactory Uniqueness

Red(May 18th, 2017) Smell is one of our most important senses. But how does it develop? And why are some people more sensitive to certain odours? A UK research team looked into the noses of mice to find out. more

How Will you Behave?

Red(May 16th, 2017) Can plants learn, do they think ahead? Many would think these are silly questions. Not so Anthony Trewavas, who recently published a preprint on bioRxiv wondering whether plants are sentient. more

Run the Experiments (6) - Caught!

Red(May 15th, 2017) Here's a new episode of Lab Times' serialised crime story. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(May 12th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Cinematic eye poking. more

Half of People in Europe have Glyphosate Residues in their Urine

Red(May 11th, 2017) Later this year, the EU will decide about the future of Roundup in Europe. We spoke with biochemist Michael Antoniou, who together with colleagues, recently voiced concern over the use of the herbicide. more

Close your Eyes and Listen to Tumour Music

Red(May 9th, 2017) Gene expression profiles often look boring and confusing. Perhaps a little music could make data presentation and analysis all the more enjoyable. more

Run the Experiments (5)

Red(May 8th, 2017) Here's Lab Times' new serialised crime story. Episode 5: Late Night Labwork. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(May 5th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: A poetic bug. more

No to Nivolumab

Red(May 4th, 2017) Although the medical benefits of the immunotherapy drug have been proven, patients in the UK will not receive it any time soon. more

New Home for an Exciting Field

Red(May 2nd, 2017) The European Molecular Biology Laboratory is on the brink of opening a new research site dedicated to tissue biology and disease modelling in Barcelona. EMBL’s Director General, Iain Mattaj, shared details of this brand new venture with your Lab Times reporter. more


Science Fun of the Week

Red(April 28th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Best-of March for Science signs. more

Cochrane Presents Information, which can be Trusted

Red(April 27th, 2017) An interview with Britta Lang, Deputy Director of the German Cochrane Centre, about the interactions underlying one of the world’s largest medical research collaborations. more

Run the Experiments (4)

Red(April 25th, 2017) Here's Lab Times' new serialised crime story. Episode 4: Meeting the boss. more

Science Moves the World

Red(April 24th, 2017) Impressions from the March for Science in Leipzig, Germany. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(April 21st, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: A happy face in the reproductive system. more

Fabric Defence

Red(April 20th, 2017) Ticks and bedbugs are an increasing health problem worldwide. The EU-supported BETITEX project has come up with a solution: an environmentally and human-friendly textile that protects against these unwanted “guests”. more

Run the Experiments (3)

Red(April 18th, 2017) Here's Lab Times' new serialised crime story. Episode 3: A difficult situation. more

Small and Effective

Red(April 13th, 2017) Aptamers are becoming increasingly popular as therapeutics and antibody alternatives. Because of their size, they could prove valuable for neurosciences, too. more

An Unwelcome Return

Red(April 11th, 2017) The alarming rise in measles outbreaks across Europe is challenging efforts towards eliminating this contagious disease. Lab Times contacted the WHO Regional Office for Europe to understand the bare facts. more

Run the Experiments (2)

Red(April 10th, 2017) Here's Lab Times' new serialised crime story. Episode 2: Eureka! more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(April 7th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Confectionary rabbit auricular amputation. more

We Need to Increase the Public Understanding of Evolution

Red(April 6th, 2017) Last February, an extraordinary conference took place in Portugal. It was a meeting to discuss how to teach society about evolution and why this is so important. We spoke with the event's organisers about the challenges of presenting the concept of evolution to the general public. more

New Code of Conduct

Red(April 4th, 2017) In late March, the European Commission received the new European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity from Europe's national academies of sciences and humanities. more

Run the Experiments (1)

Red(April 3rd, 2017) Here's Lab Times' new serialised crime story. Episode 1: Life of a Scientist. more


Science Fun of the Week

Red(March 31st, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: A funny and sad poem by a famous geneticist. more

Life After Graduation

Red(March 30th, 2017) The European Science Foundation launched a survey to see what career paths PhDs follow after graduation. Results are expected in June this year. more

Handling Corrections and a New R-Index

Red(March 28th, 2017) While scanning through the latest manuscripts on the BioRxiv preprint server, we noticed some fresh new ideas for and observations from the academic publishing sector. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(March 24th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: The Hipster Scientist. more

The Sponge – a Lone Survivor

Red(March 24th, 2017) In Earth’s entire history, five mass extinctions have killed millions of species. In the hostile post-extinction world, one phylum has, however, managed to conquer the sea floors all over the world – the kingdom of sponges. more

More Democracy

Red(March 21st, 2017) In a recently published white paper, five scholars say that we need a new revolution in academic publishing. Scientists themselves or scientific organisations should take over paper publishing. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(March 17th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today (a bit more serious): Heavy Metal and scientific thinking. more

Inefficiency in the Editorial Office

Red(March 16th, 2017) Peer review has several weak points, one is that it can take very long. On the website SciRev.sc, researchers are able to share their experience. Jeroen Smits and Janine Huisman from Radboud University analysed the comments and revealed striking observations. more

Next in your Peer-Reviewed Magazine

Red(March 14th, 2017) More and more researchers are taking advantage of publishing their manuscripts to a preprint server, like bioRxiv. Because we think this is the future of academic publishing, we will, from now on, regularly report on the freshest ideas and findings from European labs. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(March 10th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Polynesian deities under the microscope. more

Science, not Silence

Red(March 9th, 2017) On 22nd April, a global March for Science hopes to focus attention on the pressing need to stand up for the values of science and its role in democracy. more

Good Advice

Red(March 7th, 2017) What's the best thing to do when you notice misconduct in your lab? Take immediate action. Sophie Martin at the University of Lausanne was in this very situation recently. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(March 3rd, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: The Lab Grammys. more

Dear European Governments

Red(March 2nd, 2017) Watching, slack-jawed, as democracy and scientific reason are being crushed across the pond, science organisations in Europe urge the European Commission to take action and advocate the value of science. more


Teaching a Young Dog New Tricks

Red(February 28th, 2017) Originally designed to sequence DNA and RNA, US-American scientists found a way to map cytosine and adenosine methylation with the Oxford Nanopore Technologies MinION. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(February 24th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Some exercise for the weekend! more

Humble Beginnings

Red(February 23rd, 2017) Life arises from pre-existing life. This is true, except at the very beginning, some 4.5 billion years ago. At that time, there was no life but then, extraordinary things happened. German scientists came up with a testable model of the origin of life. more

Access All Areas

Red(February 21st, 2017) Still reluctant to adopt an open science approach? Belgian researchers offer tips and good arguments. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(February 17th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today, we present to you not alternative facts but alternative definitions. more

Lessons From the Victorians

Red(February 16th, 2017) With increasing globalisation, life becomes more and more complex. It's not the first time, a society has to come to terms with information overload. An EU project investigates. more

Back in the Club

Red(February 14th, 2017) The beginning of 2017 saw Switzerland regain full access to the nearly €80 billion EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(February 10th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Real-Time PCR. Surreal-Time PCR?! more

Dendritic Cell Dance

Red(February 9th, 2017) A cartoon video by French cell biologist, Matthieu Piel, won the first prize at a recent science conference. He tells us more about the making of the video and the importance of science communication. more

Researchers to the Rescue

Red(February 7th, 2017) It was one of the most controversial official acts, when Donald Trump ordered a travel ban for citizens of seven countries. Supported by EMBO, scientists in Europe offer their help to stranded colleagues. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(February 34rd, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Traumatic brain injuries in Asterix comic books. more

Curiosity: The Driving Factor in Art and Science

Red(February 2nd, 2017) Ever wondered what happens when you put an artist into a lab? The artists-in-labs programme of the Zurich University of the Arts has been facilitating exactly such exchanges for the last 13 years. more


Building Bridges

Red(January 31st, 2017) Some people take their lessons from nature, some take their tools from nature. But Rebecca Schulman of Johns Hopkins University recently did both, and cracked the problem of how to build with DNA nanotubes. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(January 27th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Colourful Disease. more

Share and Care!

Red(January 26th, 2017) Do you have some leftover material from your animal experiments? Why not share it? A new database brings givers and takers closer together. more

Doing the Right Sport?

Red(January 24th, 2017) New Year, new me – people around the world take the turn of the year as a chance to get healthier and fitter. But what sport is the best to reach your goals? Football, running, or perhaps Zumba? Finnish researchers might know the answer. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(January 20th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Ten science jokes for your amusement. more

Driving Forward

Red(January 19th, 2017) Super-Mendelian inheritance is one of those terms that recently stopped being science fiction. It turned previous legislation into actual fact and made us wonder how to rule its science. This technology called “gene drivers” faced a ban from the United Nations last December. more

“Many False Claims will End up Being Considered True

Red(January 17th, 2017) In a recent article, a group of scientists lobby passionately for the publication of negative results. We spoke with first author, Silas Boye Nissen. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(January 13th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Does it Fart? more

Science Forecasts

Red(January 12th, 2017) What's in store for science in 2017? Hans Clevers, Francis Levi and George Church look into the crystall ball and make their predictions. more

Happy Birthday, ERC!

Red(January 10th, 2017) This year, the European Research Council turns ten. Started as a pioneering experiment back in 2007, it has since become a genuine success story. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(January 6th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Sex differences in idiotic behaviour. more

Welcome to our World

Red(January 4th, 2017) Just when you thought, all the world's animals, plants and fungi have been discovered, new species pop up in unusual places - on Facebook, the deep sea and even in Europe. Here's our selection of newly-described species. more


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