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The curious case of the caterpillar's missing microbes

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 6:21pm

Certain insects, and perhaps some vertebrates, lack permanent microbial residents in their intestines.

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Mysterious flashes on satellite images of Earth explained

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 4:21pm

Bright spots of light over land could help in the search for Earth-like exoplanets.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22016

Fixing the tomato: CRISPR edits correct plant-breeding snafu

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 4:21pm

Geneticists harness two mutations — each cherished by breeders, but detrimental when combined — to improve on 10,000 years of tomato domestication.

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Ebola outbreak in the Congo, tuberculosis drug resistance in Russia and GM mustard seeds in India

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 3:21pm

The week in science: 12–18 May 2017.

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How Trump’s science cuts could hurt states that voted for him

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 1:21pm

Rural and struggling areas have benefited from funding that is now at risk.

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Ancient-genome study finds Bronze Age ‘Beaker culture’ invaded Britain

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 8:21am

Famous bell-shaped pots associated with group of immigrants who may have displaced Neolithic farmers.

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The wooden skyscrapers that could help to cool the planet

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 6:21am

Large timber buildings are getting safer, stronger and taller. They may also offer a way to slow down global warming.

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Lab-grown blood stem cells produced at last

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 5:21pm

Two research teams cook up recipe to make long-sought cells in mice and people.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22000

Trees in eastern US head west as climate changes

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 2:21pm

Breaking from the general poleward movement of many species, flowering trees take an unexpected turn.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22001

Rescue old data before it’s too late

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:21pm

If we don’t act soon to preserve past records, invaluable knowledge will be lost, warns Elizabeth Griffin.

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Geneticists enlist engineered virus and CRISPR to battle citrus disease

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:21am

Desperate farmers hope scientists can beat pathogen that is wrecking the US orange harvest.

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Trump officials act to tilt federal science boards toward industry

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 9:21am

Critics say that changes to advisory groups at the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Interior could restrict or paralyze them.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21999

Beads made from meteorite reveal prehistoric culture's reach

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:21am

Objects unearthed at Native American burial site are remnants of an ancient space rock.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21990

Revamped 'anti-science' education bills in United States find success

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:21am

Legislation urges educators to ‘teach the controversy’ and allows citizens to challenge curricula.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21986

Arctic nations strike down research roadblocks

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 1:21pm

Binding pact aims to ease access to field sites and shipment of samples across national borders.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21988

Ebola vaccine could get first real-world test in emerging outbreak

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:21pm

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has reported nine suspected cases of infection in recent weeks.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21989

Fossil of oldest known baleen-whale relative unearthed in Peru

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:21pm

Skeleton from South America enables palaeontologists to piece together the puzzle of baleen-whale evolution.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21966

China cracks down on fake data in drug trials

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 1:21pm

Researchers and manufacturers face possible jail time — or execution — for fraudulent submissions to nation's drug agency.

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Cells that trim brain connections are linked to autism

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 2:21pm

A difference in brain biology between the sexes might render males most vulnerable to autism.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21978

DIY gene engineering, an attack on Darwinism and a probe into Nazi science.

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 1:21pm

The week in science: 5–11 May 2017.

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