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The heritage of scientific research

Since its launch in November 1869, Nature has published many of the most significant and influential papers in modern science. From research scientists to journalists, the Nature archive provides users with an authoritative narrative through scientific history.

New Content ItemFor 150 years Nature has published the most important research in science. The research is mostly used for background information, methods and protocols, writing grant applications, essays and research papers as well as teaching tools for all academic levels, a reference resource for history of science and science in society courses.

The Nature PastCast is a podcast series telling the stories behind some of the biggest papers in Nature's archive. Each month for a year, the PastCast explored Nature's back catalogue, setting in context key moments in the history of science – and rooting out some of the quirkier reports from the journal – with the help of scientists and historians.