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Mental health: There’s an app for that

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 5:21am

Smartphone apps claim to help conditions from addiction to schizophrenia, but few have been thoroughly tested.

Nature 532 20 doi: 10.1038/532020a

Snow-sensing fleet to unlock water's icy secrets

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 5:21am

Airborne experiments aim to fill in the blanks of global water resources as the climate changes.

Nature 532 17 doi: 10.1038/532017a

Mysterious antidepressant target reveals its shape

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 3:21am

But questions about the role of brain chemistry in depression may prevent the findings from spurring drug development.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19711

Recognize the value of social science

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

A professional body for UK social scientists can help to improve research practice — and not just in public engagement, says Andrew Webster.

Nature 532 7 doi: 10.1038/532007a

Trump’s immigration stance stokes fears for science

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:21am

Rhetoric in US presidential campaign concerns researchers — particularly Muslims.

Nature 532 13 doi: 10.1038/532013a

Controversial dark-matter claim faces ultimate test

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 4:21pm

Multiple teams finally have the material they need to repeat enigmatic experiment.

Nature 532 14 doi: 10.1038/532014a

What new GSK patent policy means for the developing world

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:21pm

Analysts welcome focus on cancer drugs for poorest countries but caution that more work needs to be done.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19695

How human sacrifice propped up the social order

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:21am

Understanding the role of state-sanctioned killing does more than illuminate the social evolution of “pre-modern” cultures.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19681

More people obese than underweight

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 5:21am

Four-decade analysis suggests that one-fifth of the world's population will be obese by 2025.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19682

Geologists to drill into heart of dinosaur-killing impact

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 12:21pm

Quest aims to uncover secrets of big craters across the Solar System.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19643

Biology software promises easier way to program living cells

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 4:21am

'Cello' automates the fast, reliable design of DNA-based logic circuits.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19671

Flagship brain project releases neuro-computing tools

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:21pm

Human Brain Project asks wider neuroscience community to start using its hardware and software.

Nature 532 18 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19672

The week in science: 25–31 March 2016

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:21am

Observatories go it alone; the Philippines gets its first satellite; and Russian funding concerns.

Nature 531 554 doi: 10.1038/531554a

Scientists say ‘no’ to UK exit from Europe in Nature poll

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 12:21pm

Most polled researchers in Britain and the wider EU think that the union benefits science.

Nature 531 559 doi: 10.1038/531559a

Antarctic model raises prospect of unstoppable ice collapse

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 9:21am

Sea levels could rise by more than 15 metres by 2500 if greenhouse-gas emissions continue to grow.

Nature 531 562 doi: 10.1038/531562a

Can a video game company tame toxic behaviour?

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 8:21am

Scientists are helping to stop antisocial behaviour in the world's most popular online game. The next stop could be a kinder Internet.

Nature 531 568 doi: 10.1038/531568a

Green Climate Fund vows to up its game

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 5:21am

Fund sets target of approving US$2.5 billion this year to help developing nations cope with climate change.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19627

Did humans drive 'hobbit' species to extinction?

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 4:21am

Latest excavations show Homo floresiensis to be tens of thousands of years older than thought.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19651

Nuclear summit a test for Obama's legacy

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 1:21pm

US president pushed world to secure radioactive materials, but the threat of nuclear warfare — and terrorism — remains.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19654

Zika highlights role of controversial fetal-tissue research

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 9:21am

Fetal tissue may prove crucial to probing link between virus and birth defects.

Nature 532 16 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19655