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Evolution of Darwin’s finches tracked at genetic level

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 5:21am

Researchers pinpoint gene for beak-size and track how it changed during a severe drought.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19795

Europe plans giant billion-euro quantum technologies project

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 8:21pm

Third European Union flagship will be similar in size and ambition to graphene and human brain initiatives.

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The Paris Agreement has solved a troubling problem

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:21pm

By endorsing a limit of 1.5 °C, the climate negotiations have effectively defined what society considers dangerous, says Simon L. Lewis.

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The week in science: 15–21 April 2016

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:21am

Ecuador and Japan earthquakes; CRISPR crops get the green light; and European gravitational-wave detector gets a boost.

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Dirty room-mates make lab mice more useful

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:21am

Housing lab mice with pet-shop mice gives them more human-like immune systems.

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Monkey kingdom

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 1:21pm

China is positioning itself as a world leader in primate research.

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Zoo of theories showcased in publications on LHC anomaly

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 8:21pm

Four published papers offer diverse explanations for a possible new particle.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19757

Gene-editing hack yields pinpoint precision

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 4:21pm

Disabled CRISPR enzyme allows efficient single-letter DNA changes.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19773

US agency suspends clinical trials after contamination risk discovered

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:21pm

Two NIH facilities that manufacture products for use in patients have been shut down because of safety violations.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19793

Monkey teeth tell tale of ancient migration

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:21pm

Fossils found in the Panama Canal are the oldest evidence of monkeys in North America.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19777

Gene-editing research in human embryos gains momentum

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:21am

Experiments are now approved in Sweden, China and the United Kingdom.

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Cold truths at the top of the world

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 7:21pm

As it pursues independence, Greenland seeks to develop its economy without ruining one of Earth's last pristine places.

Nature 532 296 doi: 10.1038/532296a

UK government pulls back from rule ‘gagging’ researchers

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 1:21pm

Research-council grants will escape anti-lobbying crackdown, government confirms.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19775

GM crop planting declines for the first time

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 1:21pm

Total area sown with genetically modified plants fell 1% in 2015.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19766

Deadly animal prion disease appears in Europe

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:21pm

How brain disorder related to mad-cow disease spread to Norway is a mystery.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19759

North Korea lets scientists peer inside dangerous volcano

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 8:21am

Seismic images from an unprecedented international collaboration hint at future eruption hazards.

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Synthetic biology tackles global antivenom shortage

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:21am

Lab-made antibodies could produce high-volume, high-quality snakebite treatments.

Nature 532 292 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19755

Brazilian law grants patients right to use untested cancer ‘drug’

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 5:21pm

But researchers warn that there is no real evidence that it actually works.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19756

Climate scientists focus on 1.5 degrees after Paris deal

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 1:21pm

IPCC agrees to examine consequences of modest levels of warming.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19758

Mutated mitochondria could hold back stem-cell therapies

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:21pm

Stem cells derived from older people may need to be screened before use in therapies.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19752