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Putin appoints church historian as science minister

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:21am

No reason is given for the surprise move.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20472

China, Japan, CERN: Who will host the next LHC?

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:21am

Labs are vying to build ever-bigger colliders against a backdrop of uncertainty about how particle physicists will make the next big discoveries.

Nature 536 383 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20453

‘Radically rewritten’ bacterial genome unveiled

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 12:21pm

The altered Escherichia coli represent the most extensive reengineering yet of an organism’s genetic code.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20451

Define the Anthropocene in terms of the whole Earth

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 12:21pm

Researchers must consider human impacts on entire Earth systems and not get trapped in discipline-specific definitions, says Clive Hamilton.

Nature 536 251 doi: 10.1038/536251a

The week in science: 12–18 August 2016

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:21am

China launches quantum satellite; Polio re-emerges in Nigeria; and study reveals how a solar flare almost started a war.

Nature 536 254 doi: 10.1038/536254a

Mosquito guns and heavy fines: how Cuba kept Zika at bay for so long

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 7:21am

It is one of the last Caribbean countries to get hit.

Nature 536 257 doi: 10.1038/536257a

Bottles, bags, ropes and toothbrushes: the struggle to track ocean plastics

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 6:21am

Scientists know that there is a colossal amount of plastic in the oceans. But they don’t know where it all is, what it looks like or what damage it does.

Nature 536 263 doi: 10.1038/536263a

The plastics revolution: how chemists are pushing polymers to new limits

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 12:21am

Polymers have infiltrated almost every aspect of modern life. Now researchers are working on next-generation forms.

Nature 536 266 doi: 10.1038/536266a

US personalized-medicine industry takes hit from Supreme Court

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 7:21am

Recent decisions seem to drive spike in patent rejections.

Nature 536 382 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20436

CRISPR's hopeful monsters: gene-editing storms evo-devo labs

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 6:21am

Easy gene alterations in weird creatures make CRISPR a killer app for evolutionary developmental biology.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20449

US endangered-species recovery surges to record high

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 6:21am

Nineteen species delisted from Endangered Species Act in past seven years.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20448

Trump’s border-wall pledge threatens delicate desert ecosystems

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:21pm

Ecologists fear plan to seal off the United States from Mexico would put wildlife at risk.

Nature 536 260 doi: 10.1038/536260a

A tale of two governments: the politician behind Argentina's science growth

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 11:21am

Lino Barañao, the only minister to stay in power after last year's elections, lays out his plans.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20414

Controversial insecticides linked to wild bee declines

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 8:21am

Evidence against neonicotinoid chemicals mounts ahead of EU review.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20446

Artificial black hole creates its own version of Hawking radiation

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 8:21am

Result could be closest thing yet to an observation of the bizarre phenomenon.

Nature 536 258 doi: 10.1038/536258a

Scientists probe lightning hotspot to predict future strikes

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 3:21am

Forecasters hope to predict strikes months or even years in advance.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20344

Spiking genomic databases with misinformation could protect patient privacy

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 10:21am

Technique that adds noise to genetic data would enable much faster access to large data sets.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20407

UK government gives Brexit science funding guarantee

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 2:21pm

Researchers will not lose out on existing EU grants.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20434

One-man band: the solo physicist who models black holes in sound

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 2:21pm

Working alone, Jeff Steinhauer has created a sonic analogue of Hawking radiation.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20437

Morphing neutrinos provide clue to antimatter mystery

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 12:21pm

Excitement rises over chance of new physics from particle-du-jour.

Nature 536 261 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20405