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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

Has a Hungarian physics lab found a fifth force of nature?

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 5:21am

Radioactive decay anomaly could imply a new fundamental force, theorists say.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19957

Cloud-seeding surprise could improve climate predictions

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 7:21pm

A molecule made by trees can seed clouds, suggesting that pre-industrial skies were less sunny than thought.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19971

Why the historic deal to expand US chemical regulation matters

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:21pm

A rare bipartisan compromise endorsed by industry and the White House will give the US government new authority to ensure that chemicals are safe.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19973

Neanderthals built cave structures — and no one knows why

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:21pm

Walls of stalagmites in a French cave might have had a domestic or a ceremonial use. 

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19975

Jailed Iranian physicist released on bail

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:21pm

Omid Kokabee has been granted temporary medical leave after having a kidney removed.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19976

Silicon quantum computers take shape in Australia

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 10:21am

Two blueprints emerge from centre tasked with creating a practical quantum device.

Nature 533 448 doi: 10.1038/533448a

US reviews plan to infect mosquitoes with bacteria to stop disease

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 9:21am

Biotech firm seeks government approval to market mosquitoes as a pesticide to prevent spread of Zika and dengue viruses.

Nature 533 450 doi: 10.1038/533450a

Poverty linked to epigenetic changes and mental illness

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 7:21am

Impoverished adolescents acquire DNA marks, brain changes and depression over time.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19972

The secret history of ancient toilets

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 7:21am

By scouring the remains of early loos and sewers, archaeologists are finding clues to what life was like in the Roman world and in other civilizations.

Nature 533 456 doi: 10.1038/533456a

Why women earn less: Just two factors explain post-PhD pay gap

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:21pm

Study of 1,200 US graduates suggests family and choice of doctoral field dents women's earnings.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19950

Myriad Genetics embroiled in breast-cancer data fight — again

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 1:21pm

Complaint to US government alleges that diagnostics company violated individuals' right to access health information.

Nature 533 449 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19953

US government issues historic $3.5-million fine over animal welfare

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 3:21pm

Antibody provider Santa Cruz Biotechnology settles with government after complaints about treatment of goats.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19958

Light-controlled genes and neurons poised for clinical trials

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 2:21pm

As a human trial of optogenetics for retinal diseases begins, researchers eye other applications.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19886

Giant tsunamis washed over ancient Mars

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 1:21pm

Meteorite impacts triggered enormous waves in now-vanished ocean.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19916

Three-person embryos may fail to vanquish mutant mitochondria

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:21am

Technique to stop children inheriting mitochondrial diseases has potential to backfire.

Nature 533 445 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19948

Winners and losers emerge in UK funding shake-up

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:21am

Government's 'global challenges' fund hoovers up extra cash for developing-world problems, cutting grants elsewhere.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19951

US law could increase postdoc pay — and shake up research system

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:21am

Labour law will change how many postdocs — long a troubled segment of the US research hierarchy — are paid.

Nature 533 450 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19949