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Secrets of life in the soil

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 11:21am

Diana Wall has built a career on overturning assumptions about underground ecosystems. Now she is seeking to protect this endangered world.

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Why scientists must share their research code

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 10:21am

'Reproducibility editor' Victoria Stodden explains the growing movement to make code and data available to others.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20504

Moon’s pull can trigger big earthquakes

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 10:21am

Geologic strain of tides during full and new moons could increase magnitude of tremors.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20551

Virus pumps up male muscles — in mice

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 12:21pm

A virus that influences the development of the placenta in mammals could also help to explain male animals’ physiques.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20574

Reactor shutdown threatens world’s medical-isotope supply

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 9:21am

Canada’s Chalk River reactor, which makes large amounts of technetium-99m, will end production next month.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20577

Moscow monument proposed to immortalize peer review

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 4:21am

Sociologist hopes to raise cash to carve concrete sculpture.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20578

Milky Way mapper: 6 ways the Gaia spacecraft will change astronomy

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 11:21am

European mission will shed light on hidden asteroids, the Universe’s expansion and exoplanets.

Nature 537 292 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20569

Ale genomics: how humans tamed beer yeast

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 10:21am

Sequences of nearly 200 beer-making strains reveal evolution in action.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20552

DNA reveals that giraffes are four species — not one

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 8:21am

Finding could alter conservation strategies for long-necked animals.

Nature 537 290 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20567

Turkish academic purge, endangered gorilla and a stargazing spectacular

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 7:21am

The week in science: 2–8 September 2016

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Mars contamination fear could divert Curiosity rover

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 6:21am

NASA must avoid spreading Earth microbes to suspected water in hillside streaks.

Nature 537 145 doi: 10.1038/537145a

Boom in unproven cell therapies intensifies regulatory debate

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 4:21am

Controversial US guidelines attempt to rein in rogue stem-cell clinics.

Nature 537 148 doi: 10.1038/537148a

How to raise a genius: lessons from a 45-year study of super-smart children

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 3:21am

A long-running investigation of exceptional children reveals what it takes to produce the scientists who will lead the twenty-first century.

Nature 537 152 doi: 10.1038/537152a

Cancer experts unveil wishlist for US government ‘moonshot’

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 9:51am

From immunotherapies to diagnostics, an expert panel outlines research goals for broad initiative.

Nature 537 288 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20535

The debate over GM crops is making history

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 9:21am

An archive of material from all sides of the UK genetic-modification controversy is up and running and welcomes contributions, says Vivian Moses.

Nature 537 139 doi: 10.1038/537139a

US science agencies face budget limbo

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 7:21am

Likelihood of stopgap spending measure grows.

Nature 537 149 doi: 10.1038/537149a

The new breed of cutting-edge catalysts

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 3:21am

Advances in catalyst research could create a superhighway to clean energy sources and a more-sustainable chemical industry.

Nature 537 156 doi: 10.1038/537156a

Turkey sacks thousands of university staff

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 1:21pm

Academics complain that reaction to failed coup is hurting science.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20550

Photos reveal location of lost comet lander Philae

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 11:21am

Pinpointing lander’s cold resting place on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko will be a boon to researchers.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20536

OSIRIS-REx spacecraft blazes trail for asteroid miners

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 10:21am

Retrieval of a space-rock sample would be proof of concept for mining metals and water.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20486