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The week in science: 15–21 July 2016

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 11:21am

Turkey purges all university deans after failed coup; engineered mosquitos show apparent success against dengue; and Romania joins CERN.

Nature 535 328 doi: 10.1038/535328a

South China Sea ruling sparks conservation fears

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 10:21am

Court decision escalates tensions in ecologically sensitive region, but may also push nations to cooperate.

Nature 535 334 doi: 10.1038/535334a

The bicycle problem that nearly broke mathematics

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 4:21am

Jim Papadopoulos has spent a lifetime pondering the maths of bikes in motion. Now his work has found fresh momentum.

Nature 535 338 doi: 10.1038/535338a

The unsung heroes of CRISPR

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 2:21am

The soaring popularity of gene editing has made celebrities of the principal investigators who pioneered the field — but their graduate students and postdocs are often overlooked.

Nature 535 342 doi: 10.1038/535342a

Human brain mapped in unprecedented detail

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 11:21pm

Nearly 100 previously unidentified brain areas revealed by examination of the cerebral cortex.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20285

Dutch agency launches first grants programme dedicated to replication

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 12:21pm

Three-year pilot devotes €3 million to verifying other studies.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20287

Cell biologists should specialize, not hybridize

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 12:21pm

Dry cell biologists, who bridge computer science and cell biology, should have a pivotal role in driving effective team science, says Assaf Zaritsky.

Nature 535 325 doi: 10.1038/535325a

People can sense single photons

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 11:21am

Experiment suggests that humans are capable of perceiving even the feeblest flash of light.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20282

Turkey purges universities after failed coup

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 11:21am

Political turmoil spreads to education sector.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20283

Science under siege: how Venezuela’s economic crisis is affecting researchers

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 10:21am

Chemist Claudio Bifano tells Nature about daily life in a country gripped by hunger, scarcity and violence.

Nature 535 336 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20261

Atom wranglers create rewritable memory

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 8:21am

Chlorine atoms arranged into grids bring researchers closer to data-storage devices that could hold the US Library of Congress.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20269

Older men and young women drive South African HIV epidemic

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 11:21am

Genetics study confirms social cycle that helps infection to spread.

Nature 535 335 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20273

First Greek science agency is rare source of joy for beleaguered researchers

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 4:21am

European Investment Bank provides surprise loan to halt startling brain drain.

Nature 535 333 doi: 10.1038/535333a

Algae are melting away the Greenland ice sheet

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 10:21am

'Black and Bloom' project explores how microorganisms help to determine the pace of Arctic melting.

Nature 535 336 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20265

Bright light accelerates ageing in mice

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 2:21pm

Exposure to artificial light weakens rodents’ muscles and bones, but risks to people are less clear.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20263

Science’s status shifts in new Brexit government

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 11:21am

Reshuffled UK administration signals change for research and science policy.

Nature 535 331 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20264

The week in science: 8–14 July 2016

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:21am

Dwarf planet discovered beyond Neptune; unprecedented mangrove deaths linked to climate change; and French scientists protest against pick for top agriculture post.

Nature 535 204 doi: 10.1038/535204a

South Africa’s political turmoil endangers research

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 7:21am

Economic instability and campus violence have thrown labs into crisis.

Nature 535 207 doi: 10.1038/535207a

Brain-data gold mine could reveal how neurons compute

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 4:21am

Allen Brain Observatory releases unprecedented survey of activity in the mouse visual cortex.

Nature 535 209 doi: 10.1038/535209a

Germany’s renewable revolution awaits energy forecast

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:21am

Poster-child for renewables strives to make wind and solar power more grid-friendly.

Nature 535 212 doi: 10.1038/535212a