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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

Program good ethics into artificial intelligence

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 4:21am

Concerns that artificial intelligence will pose a danger if it develops consciousness are misplaced, says Jim Davies.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/538291a

How Republicans reshaped the House science committee

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 4:21am

Chairman Lamar Smith has turned once-placid panel into investigative powerhouse.

Nature 538 300 doi: 10.1038/538300a

Effort to wrangle geoscience data faces uncertain future

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 5:21pm

Five years in, the US EarthCube programme has struggled to deliver on its promises.

Nature 538 303 doi: 10.1038/538303a

Monkey 'tools' raise questions over human archaeological record 

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:21am

Capuchin monkeys in Brazil unintentionally produce rock fragments that resemble ancient stone tools.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20816

The polling crisis: How to tell what people really think

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:21am

This year’s US presidential election is the toughest test yet for political polls as experts struggle to keep up with changing demographics and technology.

Nature 538 304 doi: 10.1038/538304a

@ScientistTrump will make science great again

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 3:21am

Florida ecologist uses a parody Twitter account as a way of highlighting issues in science and academia.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20830

Green Climate Fund earmarks more than $1 billion for developing countries

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 12:21pm

But UN flagship has handed out barely any money.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20834

Europe’s probe feared lost on Mars

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 2:21pm

Mission control loses contact with Schiaparelli lander while sister craft successfully enters Martian orbit.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20838

Reports of ‘three-parent babies’ multiply

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

Claims of infants created using mitochondrial-replacement techniques stir scientific and ethical debate.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20849

Mars excitement, campus riots and a freeze on refrigerants

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

The week in science: 14–20 October 2016

Nature 538 294 doi: 10.1038/538294a

The scientists who support Donald Trump

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 8:21am

Science policy fades into background for many who back Republican candidate in US presidential race.

Nature 538 298 doi: 10.1038/538298a