The firm wants to deliver parcels to private addresses over a short distance as part of its Prime Air initiative - now it will get the chance to test its technology
While English-speaking countries have high rates of obesity, their citizens are nowhere near as tall as the average heights of the Netherlands and Latvia
Editing, pruning and strengthening of neuron connections in adolescent brains makes for sleeker performance – but errors may cause schizophrenia
MetaWorld is a VR setting designed for hanging out with other people – or playing chess, hot-air ballooning and meditating. Chris Baraniuk steps inside
An international crew of astronauts dove to the Aquarius Reef Base to try out technologies for future journeys to Mars
The way that skull shape changed as Neanderthals grew up suggests that they were just as smart as us, although it's still a contentious finding
A genetic variant common among people in Samoa may have evolved to support their ancestors on long island voyages in the South Pacific
Herd immunity could drive the Zika epidemic in South and Central America to an end, but some 93 million people could be infected before then
A genome analysis suggests that Asian and Pacific human populations share a single origin and their ancestors might have bred with Homo erectus
The identification of genes likely to belong to the common ancestor of life suggests its biochemistry was incomplete, forcing it to cling to undersea vents
The wildfires have destroyed at least 18 houses in northern Los Angeles and a movie set so far
Eye contact and language cues really can give away whether a person is telling a fib - but we usually aren’t much better at guessing than if we just flipped a coin
The image is burnished in many Americans' minds. In 1960, 6-year-old Ruby Bridges, flanked by US Marshals, made her way to school through a throng of jeering protestors and made history by desegregating an elementary school in New Orleans, LA. Fast forward to July 6, 2016, and to another little girl, 4-year-old Dae'Anna, comforting her mother, Diamond Reynolds, who had just videoed the aftermath of the fatal shooting during a traffic stop of her boyfriend, Philando Castile, by a police officer. In addition to demonstrating a kind of a preternatural bravery in the face of terrible circumstances, what links these two girls is that they are both black.
To improve health, research should be reported fully and transparently. If this is not done, it is important to understand why, as discussed today in Correspondence about a trial of neurodevelopmental outcomes after anaesthesia in infancy. Article authors, Andrew Davidson and colleagues, respond to COMPare by explaining that the discrepancies in their reporting were minor errors of omission. Trial registry manager Lisa Askie recommends better updating of outcome details. Meanwhile, the COMPare website states that not only do journals not check for outcome switching, but they routinely permit it.
Viral hepatitis—particularly hepatitis B and C—has been regarded as the silent killer for decades. However, with some vital progress now made, 2016 could be a turning point for the global prevention and control of viral hepatitis infection.
It is often assumed that the history of mental health is full of “terrible, dark places with chains and mistreatment”, says Alice White, Wikimedian in Residence at the Wellcome Library, London, UK (audio feature). White's work is challenging that view. She hopes to “balance out some of the inaccuracies in the history of psychiatry and mental health” by promoting expert contributions to Wikimedia sites including Wikipedia, and “increasing accessibility” to the Wellcome Library's extensive archives.
Back in 1990, no one used the words strategy, brand, or monetisation. Scientific publishing was a gentle and languorous affair. Manuscripts edited by pencil. Page layout with scissors and glue. Proof reading over a pint of beer at our typesetters. And when the weekly issue went to press, a small toast made with a glass of sherry. The Lancet then occupied a beautiful rabbit warren of an 18th-century town house in Bloomsbury. You could see a blue plaque across Bedford Square marking the home of the journal's founder, Thomas Wakley.
Australia's Conservative Government won this month's election by a razor-thin margin. The victory could signal bad news for health and the environment. Chris McCall reports.
Trans women and trans men in Peru face stigmatisation and discrimination in all aspects of life. Local community activists are campaigning to change the situation. Barbara Fraser reports.
Activists say that a community-based programme to tackle female genital mutilation in the UK needs support from central or local government to continue. Sharmila Devi reports.