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Heavy smog, a huge ship and a smashing record

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 11:21am

The week in science: 4–10 November 2016

Nature 539 144 doi: 10.1038/539144a

Brexit chancellor’s annual address is a science nail-biter

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 8:21am

Government’s first Autumn Statement could reveal how it regards science.

Nature 539 148 doi: 10.1038/539148a

The quiet rise of the NIH’s hot new metric

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 3:21pm

Biomedical funders worldwide are adopting the US agency’s free Relative Citation Ratio to analyse grant outcomes.

Nature 539 150 doi: 10.1038/539150a

Quest to map Africa’s soil microbiome begins

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 12:21pm

Sub-Saharan project could one day help ecosystems to resist climate change and improve agriculture.

Nature 539 152 doi: 10.1038/539152a

How to defeat dementia

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 12:21pm

Three things are needed to turn the tide on the costliest crisis in health care.

Nature 539 156 doi: 10.1038/539156a

Donald Trump's US election win stuns scientists

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 12:21pm

Republicans sweep White House and US Congress, with uncertain implications for research.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20952

How scientists reacted to the US election results

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 3:21pm

Trump victory generates shock, disbelief and fear of funding cuts.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20965

Brain implants allow paralysed monkeys to walk

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 12:21pm

Swiss researchers travel to China to conduct pioneering experiment.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20967

Pollsters struggle to explain failures of US presidential forecasts

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 7:21am

Most surveys did not predict Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20968

The insect crisis we can’t ignore

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 12:21pm

We must start an ambitious and professional global programme to explore and preserve invertebrate biodiversity, says Axel Hochkirch.

Nature 539 141 doi: 10.1038/539141a

Political upheaval threatens Brazil’s environmental protections

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 12:21pm

Barrage of proposals would allow developers to sidestep environmental reviews.

Nature 539 147 doi: 10.1038/539147a

Big brain projects urged to aid public health

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

World Health Organization asks research initiatives to focus on translating their findings into clinical benefits.

Nature 539 151 doi: 10.1038/539151a

I can haz more science emoji? Host of nerd icons proposed

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 9:21am

At a conference in San Francisco, a group drafted proposals to add more planets, instruments and other science icons to the keyboard.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20960

Illegal ivory mostly from recent elephant killings

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 2:21pm

Carbon-dating study suggests governments are not fuelling trade by selling off old tusks.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20953

Machine-learning algorithm quantifies gender bias in astronomy

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 11:21am

Calculation suggests papers with women first-authors have citation rates pushed down by 10%.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20932

Hard work, little reward: Nature readers reveal working hours and research challenges

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 6:21pm

In an online poll, almost two-thirds of readers say they have considered quitting research.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20933

Scientists can publish their best work at any age

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

New equation also suggests way to predict a researcher's potential to produce top work.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20926

Psychologists argue about whether smiling makes cartoons funnier

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 9:21am

Multi-lab experiment fails to validate decades-old report that facial expressions can affect emotional state.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20929

Tracker flags up failures to report clinical trials

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 7:21am

Computerized search of trial registry lists worst offenders.

Nature 539 153 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20930

Earthquakes in Italy, cholera vaccines and turmoil in Turkish universities

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 6:21am

The week in science: 28 October–3 November 2016

Nature 539 10 doi: 10.1038/539010a