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From funding decisions to scientific fraud, a wide range of societal factors shape autism research.

November 2023
A line of airplanes flies across the sky

Neuroscientists weigh carbon costs of attending annual meeting

by ,  /  6 November 2023

Travel to the Society for Neuroscience conference is responsible for tens of thousands of metric tons of carbon emissions, according to a new study, but neuroscientists have yet to agree on what that should mean for the future of the in-person meeting.

Week of OctoberOct

Diabetes in autism; lack of evidence for dietary therapies; autism in Korea

by  /  3 November 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research spotted around the web for the week of 30 October.

A series of red pencils make three X shapes against a green background. The last X is only half completed by a single pencil that has been snapped in two.

Neuroscientist has two papers retracted, three corrected

by  /  2 November 2023

Five studies of Alzheimer’s disease or traumatic brain injury, all led by Gary Dunbar at Central Michigan University, have some form of image duplication.

Illustrated portrait of Ardem Patapoutian.

Sensing touch, the immigrant life and Ardem Patapoutian

by  /  1 November 2023

The Nobel Prize winner talks about PIEZO 1 and 2, proprioception and the viral photo of him and his son from the 2021 Nobel Prize announcement.

October 2023
Week of OctoberOct

Human brain connectomes; autism services in Sri Lanka; sex differences in fragile X syndrome

by  /  27 October 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research spotted around the web for the week of 23 October.

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Building bridges: Collaboration across the autism community

by ,  /  24 October 2023

An autistic person and the mother of an autistic child explore partnership in the autism community.

Week of OctoberOct

Sensory hypersensitivity; FAM53C protein; genomic database from Mexico

by  /  20 October 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research spotted around the web for the week of 16 October.

A photograph of Thomas Sudhof standing in a courtyard

Nobel laureate’s study earns expression of concern over data integrity issues

by  /  19 October 2023

Data sleuths have flagged apparent errors in the study, which was led by neuroscientist Thomas Südhof.

A crumpled piece of paper atop a stack of papers against a grey background

Article defending private-equity involvement in autism services retracted

by ,  /  19 October 2023

Nearly two-thirds of the article’s references appear to not exist.

A research image of a mouse running on a wheel

New specs immerse mice in virtual worlds

by  /  16 October 2023

The tool — called “MouseGoggles” — could provide rodents with an improved virtual experience in the lab, at a lower cost than current techniques.