Concerns that artificial intelligence will pose a danger if it develops consciousness are misplaced, says Jim Davies.
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Chairman Lamar Smith has turned once-placid panel into investigative powerhouse.
Nature 538 300 doi: 10.1038/538300a
Five years in, the US EarthCube programme has struggled to deliver on its promises.
Nature 538 303 doi: 10.1038/538303a
Capuchin monkeys in Brazil unintentionally produce rock fragments that resemble ancient stone tools.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20816
This year’s US presidential election is the toughest test yet for political polls as experts struggle to keep up with changing demographics and technology.
Nature 538 304 doi: 10.1038/538304a
Florida ecologist uses a parody Twitter account as a way of highlighting issues in science and academia.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20830
But UN flagship has handed out barely any money.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20834
Mission control loses contact with Schiaparelli lander while sister craft successfully enters Martian orbit.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20838
Claims of infants created using mitochondrial-replacement techniques stir scientific and ethical debate.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20849
The week in science: 14–20 October 2016
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Science policy fades into background for many who back Republican candidate in US presidential race.
Nature 538 298 doi: 10.1038/538298a
Scientists are beginning to understand why these ‘mini Wall Streets’ work so well at forecasting election results — and how they sometimes fail.
Nature 538 308 doi: 10.1038/538308a
Winner's descendants could scoop hundreds of millions of dollars by the middle of next century.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20818
Threatened forest icon may be a hybrid of two extinct species.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20822
The enigmatic object travels an orbit that reaches well beyond Pluto.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20831
Schiaparelli touchdown would be ESA's first success on the red planet.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20812
Breakthrough raises call for debate over prospect of artificial human eggs.
Nature 538 301 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20817
Use of heat-trapping hydrofluorocarbons to be cut sharply under ozone treaty.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20810
Team of leading biologist Olivier Voinnet chalks up eighth retraction.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20807
The new estimate could help astronomers better understand how galaxies form and grow.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20809