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Hungarian science spat, Kuwait’s DNA law and a transparency milestone

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 10:21am

The week in science: 21–27 October 2016

Nature 538 432 doi: 10.1038/538432a

The plight of young scientists

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 5:21am

A special issue explores how the research enterprise keeps early-career scientists from pursuing the most important work, and what can be done to help.

Nature 538 443 doi: 10.1038/538443a

Young scientists under pressure: what the data show

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 3:21am

Young researchers are having to fight harder than past generations for a smaller share of the academic pie.

Nature 538 444 doi: 10.1038/538444a

Young, talented and fed-up: scientists tell their stories

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 10:21am

Scientists starting labs say that they are under historically high pressure to publish, secure funding and earn permanent positions — leaving precious little time for actual research.

Nature 538 446 doi: 10.1038/538446a

HIV’s Patient Zero exonerated

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 8:21am

A study clarifies when HIV entered the United States and dispels the myth that one man instigated the AIDS epidemic in North America.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20877

Rio fights Zika with biggest release yet of bacteria-infected mosquitoes

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 8:21am

Wolbachia -infected mosquitoes will be widely deployed in two South American cities to combat viral infections.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20878

US mental-health chief: psychiatry must get serious about mathematics

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 6:21am

Joshua Gordon says that his focus at the National Institute of Mental Health will be on quick wins, brain circuits and mathematical rigour.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20893

Divisive campaigning damages democracy

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 5:21am

In the final days before the US election, political leaders must speak out to boost confidence in the democratic process, says Andrew Daniller.

Nature 538 429 doi: 10.1038/538429a

Scientific challenges loom for Canada’s popular prime minister

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 12:21pm

Justin Trudeau draws praise for boosting budgets and unmuzzling scientists, but tough challenges lie ahead.

Nature 538 436 doi: 10.1038/538436a

Computing glitch may have doomed Mars lander

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 12:21pm

Researchers sift through clues after Schiaparelli crash in hopes of averting mistakes in 2020 mission.

Nature 538 435 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20861

Autism study finds early intervention has lasting effects

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 10:21am

Some autism symptoms reduced in children six years after their parents receive communications training.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20862

Violence escalates at South African universities

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 10:21am

Protests over rising tuition fees have stopped classes, closed institutions and slowed research.

Nature 538 440 doi: 10.1038/538440a

Inside Microsoft’s quest for a topological quantum computer

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 10:21am

Alex Bocharov explains why the company is hoping to build qubits out of particles that some scientists think might not even exist.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20774

Kepler finds scores of planets around cool dwarf stars

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 9:21am

NASA’s rebooted mission, K2, seeks out new worlds closely orbiting stars smaller than the Sun.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20853

Icy heart could be key to Pluto’s strange geology

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 9:21am

NASA’s New Horizons mission plumbs complex interplay between the dwarf planet's surface and its sky.

Nature 538 439 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20856

Mars lander’s potential crash site spotted

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:21pm

Images from NASA orbiter suggest that Europe’s Schiaparelli probe smashed on impact.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20860

Jupiter mission's computer glitch delays data-gathering

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:21pm

Juno probe goes into safe mode hours before second fly-by of the giant planet.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20832

Fish fossil upends scientists’ view of jaw evolution

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 9:21am

Specimen suggests that people and ancient fish have more in common than previously thought.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20848

Neanderthal DNA affects ethnic differences in immune response

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 9:21am

Two gene-expression studies could explain why people of African descent respond more strongly to infection, and are more prone to autoimmune diseases.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20854

Europe’s drug regulator opens vaults of clinical-trials data

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 6:21am

EMA becomes first major drugs agency to publish clinical-study reports online.

Nature 538 440 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20855