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Bankruptcy filing worries developers of nanoparticle cancer drugs

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 5:21pm

Financial woes of leading biotech firm highlight challenges of developing innovative therapies.

Nature 533 304 doi: 10.1038/533304a

Boaty McBoatfleet: British ship joins wave of rugged polar vessels

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 5:21pm

Ice-going vessels like Britain’s RRS Sir David Attenborough — named Boaty McBoatface by the Internet — are being built across the world.

Nature 533 302 doi: 10.1038/533302a

Mixed-up metals make for stronger, tougher, stretchier alloys

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:21am

Materials scientists are creating next-generation mixtures with remarkable properties.

Nature 533 306 doi: 10.1038/533306a

The race to create super-crops

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 8:21am

Old-fashioned breeding techniques are bearing more fruit than genetic engineering in developing hyper-efficient plants.

Nature 533 308 doi: 10.1038/533308a

Australian climate job cuts leave hole in Southern Hemisphere research

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:21pm

Details of redundancies at CSIRO alarm global climate community.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19944

Hundreds of antibiotics built from scratch

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 1:21pm

Chemists generate variations on erythromycin in ‘daring’ synthesis.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19946

Teach students the biology of their time

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 12:21pm

An experiment in genetics education reveals how Mendel’s legacy holds back the teaching of science, says Gregory Radick.

Nature 533 293 doi: 10.1038/533293a

Scientists track last 2,000 years of British evolution

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 1:21pm

Technique tested on Britons' genomes provides first look at human genetic adaptation over the past 2,000 years.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19917

Genome reveals why giraffes have long necks

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:21am

Scientists spot mutations that could explain how giraffes became the world’s tallest living mammals.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19931

Magic-mushroom drug lifts depression in first human trial

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:21am

Researchers' long fight to test psilocybin's safety finally yields fruit.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19919

Social-sciences preprint server snapped up by publishing giant Elsevier

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:21am

The Social Science Research Network says that it will continue to offer free submissions and downloads under its new owner.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19932

Mirror-image enzyme copies looking-glass DNA

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:21am

Synthetic polymerase is a small step along the way to mirrored life forms.

Nature 533 303 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19918

Underwater archaeologists unearth ancient butchering site

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 6:21am

Tools and bones from Florida could put to rest the ‘Clovis-first’ theory of America’s colonization.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19913

Hunt for Big Bang gravitational waves gets $40 million boost

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:21am

The nonprofit Simons Foundation will fund a new observatory to search for signs of stretching in the very early universe.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19914

White House goes big on microbiome research

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 8:21am

US government and private investors team up for proposed effort to study Earth’s microbes.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19915

Building blocks for 'RNA world' made from simple ingredients

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 8:21am

Chemical assembly bolsters theory that life might have begun with RNA.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19901

LHC for quasiparticles reveals material secrets

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 7:21am

Electron and holes smashed together inside a crystal.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19904

Digital badges motivate scientists to share data

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 6:21am

A simple signal may incentivize researchers to make data and materials publicly available.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19907

Demotion of science ministry angers beleaguered Brazilian researchers

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 1:21am

New President Michel Temer — who replaces impeached Dilma Rousseff — is fusing the science and telecommunications ministries. 

Nature 533 301 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19910

Human-embryo editing now covered by stem-cell guidelines

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 1:21am

Stem-cell scientists attempt to fend off the need for government regulation that could impede research.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19909