Doing science has become very competitive in the last decade or so. Partly because there are so many more people completing a PhD, and partly because of the way research funding is awarded. This is causing many problems for scientists and the process of doing science. For instance, competition for funding has been linked to an increase in the number of papers that are retracted. A new report now links the competitive environment with fewer PhD candidates wanting a career in academic research, especially among women. Read about it in the Guardian.