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Croatia’s science minister rejects calls to resign amid plagiarism scandal

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:21pm

Pavo Barišić says he won't step down after a parliamentary ethics committee found he copied another scholar's work.

Nature 541 272 doi: 10.1038/541272a

How the panda’s ‘thumb’ evolved twice

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:21pm

Two species of distantly related panda may have adapted to a bamboo-centric diet in similar genetic ways.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21300

Surprising contenders emerge for Trump’s NIH chief

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:21am

A reproducibility guru, a former defence-research official and a controversial entrepreneur rumoured to be on list, along with current NIH leader and a congressman.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21295

Gates Foundation research can’t be published in top journals

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 9:21am

Publications such as Nature and Science have policies that clash with the global health charity's open-access mandate.

Nature 541 270 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21299

Five big mysteries about CRISPR’s origins

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:21pm

Where did it come from? How do organisms use it without self-destructing? And what else can it do?

Nature 541 280 doi: 10.1038/541280a

Sat-nav neurons tell bats where to go

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 1:21pm

Long-hypothesized brain cells give bats their distance and angle to a location.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21275

Prion-like protein spotted in bacteria for the first time

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:21pm

Until now, prions were only seen in the cells of eukaryotic organisms such as plants and animals.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21293

Lasers activate killer instinct in mice

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:21pm

Stimulating certain areas of the animals’ brains can trigger predatory behaviours including biting and grabbing.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21292

Tilikum dies, US antibiotic ban and a Nazi-science probe

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 9:21am

The week in science: 6–12 January 2017

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Deceptive curcumin offers cautionary tale for chemists

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 9:21am

Spice extract dupes assays and leads some drug hunters astray.

Nature 541 144 doi: 10.1038/541144a

Brexit offers rare chance to make Britain greener

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 9:21am

Environmental scientists plan to push for policy changes but are nervous about losing current protections.

Nature 541 145 doi: 10.1038/541145a

Behind New Zealand’s wild plan to purge all pests

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 7:21am

The country is gearing up to get rid of rats, possums, stoats and other invasive predators by 2050. Is it a pipe dream?

Nature 541 148 doi: 10.1038/541148a

US energy agency strengthens protections for scientists

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:21am

Revised scientific-integrity policy gives researchers more leeway to speak to the press and publish their findings.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21290

Trump nominee backs Paris climate agreement and questions Iran nuclear deal

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 2:21am

But Rex Tillerson, Trump’s pick for secretary of state, tells senators that efforts to predict climate change are ‘very limited’.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21291

Where science and nonsense collide

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 10:21am

After a decade of progress, Argentina’s scientists are battling a government bent on twisting public conceptions of their role, writes Alberto Kornblihtt.

Nature 541 135 doi: 10.1038/541135a

Chinese AI company plans to mine health data faster than rivals

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:21am

iCarbonX believes its cutting-edge partners and generous funding give it the upper hand.

Nature 541 141 doi: 10.1038/541141a

Legendary radio telescope hangs in the balance

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 2:21pm

US National Science Foundation looks to slash funding for Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory.

Nature 541 143 doi: 10.1038/541143a

Ancient retroviruses emerged half a billion years ago

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:21am

This group of viruses is hundreds of millions of years older than previously thought.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21274

Spinning toy reinvented as low-tech centrifuge

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:21am

Hand-powered device can process blood samples and separate out parasites such as those that cause malaria.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21273

Brexit vote drives UK academics to think about leaving

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 1:21pm

Many researchers also object to proposed higher-education reforms, says survey.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21259