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How DNA could store all the world’s data

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 5:21am

Modern archiving technology cannot keep up with the growing tsunami of bits. But nature may hold an answer to that problem already.

Nature 537 22 doi: 10.1038/537022a

Most cities too hot to host 2088 summer Olympics

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 11:21pm

Marathon used as benchmark to judge safety of possible future host cities.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20503

Claims of Earth's oldest fossils tantalize researchers

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 12:21pm

Rocks in Greenland contain structures that could have been laid down by living organisms 3.7 billion years ago.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20506

Tiny pterosaur claims new perch on reptile family tree

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 11:21am

Fossils find suggests that cat-sized reptile lived alongside birds and larger pterosaurs.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20507

Alzheimer’s treatment appears to alleviate memory loss in small trial

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 9:21am

Larger studies are under way to test whether the promising early data holds up.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20509

Venerable brain-cancer cell line faces identity crisis

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 8:21am

Samples of the cell line do not match its 50-year-old source ― but how the mix-up occurred is a mystery.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20515

Italian scientists shocked by earthquake devastation

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 11:21am

In a region known to be seismically active, destruction on this scale was still a surprise.

Nature 537 15 doi: 10.1038/537015a

Nuclear power plants prepare for old age

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 12:21pm

Materials research is at the heart of efforts to keep the world’s reactors running well past 2050.

Nature 537 16 doi: 10.1038/537016a

Vipers, mambas and taipans: the escalating health crisis over snakebites

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 4:21am

Snakes kill tens of thousands of people each year. But experts can't agree on how best to overcome a desperate shortage of antivenom.

Nature 537 26 doi: 10.1038/537026a

Tasmanian devils show signs of resistance to devastating facial cancer

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 10:21pm

Two regions of the marsupials’ DNA could confer resistance to the disease.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20508

Dogs can tell when praise is sincere

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 2:21pm

Study suggests that man’s best friend probably understands more than we thought when we talk to them.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20514

Print your own 3D Lucy to work out how the famous hominin died

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 1:21pm

Digital scans will help researchers test whether she fell out of a tree.

Nature 537 19 doi: 10.1038/537019a

Me and my drone: how automatons are changing research

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 12:21pm

From birds to coastlines, drones take data collection to a whole new level.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20494

Iran releases physicist after five years in jail

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 1:21pm

Omid Kokabee, who became seriously ill while serving time on controversial treason charges, will now be allowed to leave the country.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20505

Majority of mathematicians hail from just 24 scientific ‘families’

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 12:21pm

Evolution of mathematics traced using unusually comprehensive genealogy database.

Nature 537 20 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20491

South African academics warn of universities on the brink

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 11:21am

Over 1,200 sign open letter to President Jacob Zuma warning universities are at a tipping point.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20492

Floods, fires, Zika and a hidden portrait

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 10:21am

August’s sharpest science shots, selected by Nature’s photo team.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20493

China's soil plan needs strong support

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 7:21am

The government must accompany its action plan on soil quality with effective laws and remediation measures, says Hong Yang.

Nature 536 375 doi: 10.1038/536375a

Zika blood risk, yellow fever and a giant aircraft

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 6:21am

The week in science: 19–25 August 2016

Nature 536 378 doi: 10.1038/536378a

Busting the billion-dollar myth: how to slash the cost of drug development

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 6:21am

A non-profit organization is proving that new drugs don't have to cost a fortune. Can its model work more broadly?

Nature 536 388 doi: 10.1038/536388a