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Machine-learning project will analyse 1,000 years of maps and manuscripts from the floating city's golden age.Alison has been with Nature in Germany since 1992, covering European science policy and a variety of scientific topics, mostly in biology. She also contributes to the Books & Arts section. Alison gained her first degree and PhD, both in pharmacology, at the University of Leeds. After a period of postdoctoral research, she spent seven years as editor of Trends in Pharmacological Sciences.