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Electric eels leap from water in shock video

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 8:21am

Defensive electrocution added to annals of electric fish behaviour.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20038

‘Zombie volcano’ slowly grows beneath New Zealand

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 8:21am

Molten rock accumulates in a magma chamber outside the North Island’s main volcanoes.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20023

CRISPR gene-editing system unleashed on RNA

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 3:21pm

Cutting tool could be used to study RNA's role in disease.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20030

UK government slammed for losing track of its own research

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:21pm

Government can't say how many policy studies it paid for or published, report reveals.

Nature 534 164 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20022

Ancient genomes suggest dual origin for modern dogs

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 10:21am

Man's best friend may have been domesticated twice — at different sites.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20027

Plan to synthesize human genome triggers mixed response

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 4:21am

Some admire project's ambition; others say that it hasn't justified its aims.

Nature 534 163 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20028

The developing world needs basic research too

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 1:21pm

The establishment of an agency in Indonesia that will support 'frontier research' is a welcome development, argues Dyna Rochmyaningsih.

Nature 534 7 doi: 10.1038/534007a

The week in science: 27 May–2 June 2016

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 12:21pm

Good grades for international nuclear-fusion project; EU ministers lend support to open-access movement; and US study raises doubts about mobile-phone safety.

Nature 534 10 doi: 10.1038/534010a

Open-access journal eLife gets £25-million boost

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:21am

Biology's big funders announce investment will continue to 2022.

Nature 534 14 doi: 10.1038/534014a

Tiny ‘chipsat’ spacecraft set for first flight

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 9:21am

Launch in July will test new way to explore the Solar System — and beyond.

Nature 534 15 doi: 10.1038/534015a

Why South Korea is the world’s biggest investor in research

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 9:21am

The Asian nation is spending big in the hope of winning a Nobel prize, but it will need more than cash to realize its ambitions.

Nature 534 20 doi: 10.1038/534020a

Peru’s gold rush prompts public-health emergency

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 3:21am

Gold-mining boom in southeastern Amazon is driving high levels of mercury contamination.

Nature 534 162 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19999

Marine ecologists take to the skies to study coral reefs

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 11:21am

Satellites and research aeroplanes could offer a better, broader view of coral health.

Nature 534 13 doi: 10.1038/534013a

The snot-spattered experiments that show how far sneezes really spread

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 8:21am

Mathematician Lydia Bourouiba uses high-speed video to break down the anatomy of sneezes and coughs — and to understand infectious disease.

Nature 534 24 doi: 10.1038/534024a

Two-hundred-terabyte maths proof is largest ever

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 2:21pm

A computer cracks the Boolean Pythagorean triples problem — but is it really maths?

Nature 534 17 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19990

US advised to stick with troubled fusion reactor ITER

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 7:21am

The Department of Energy says the US should fund ITER until 2018, and then re-evaluate its progress.

Nature 534 16 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19994

Society must seize control of the antibiotics crisis

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 2:21pm

Pressure from the public could force firms to develop new drugs that treat resistant infections, says Carlos Amábile-Cuevas.

Nature 533 439 doi: 10.1038/533439a

The week in science: 20–26 May 2016

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 7:21am

Pandemic war chest unveiled for developing countries; India launches space shuttle; and US National Football League criticized over health-funding pressure.

Nature 533 442 doi: 10.1038/533442a

1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:21pm

Survey sheds light on the ‘crisis’ rocking research.

Nature 533 452 doi: 10.1038/533452a

Next generation of carbon-monitoring satellites faces daunting hurdles

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:21pm

Space agencies envisage system of probes to track whether countries are achieving emissions goals.

Nature 533 446 doi: 10.1038/533446a