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Reproducibility will not cure what ails science

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 11:21am

A bill to make data for environmental regulation more transparent reveals the fuzzy boundary between science and ideology, argues Daniel Sarewitz.

Nature 525 159 doi: 10.1038/525159a

The week in science: 4–10 September 2015

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 9:21am

Pentagon freezes pathogen research; El Niño set to be a record breaker; and Lasker awards announced.

Nature 525 162 doi: 10.1038/525162a

Autopsies reveal signs of Alzheimer’s in growth-hormone patients

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 7:21am

Brain plaques may have been seeded by contaminated hormone extracts from cadavers.

Nature 525 165 doi: 10.1038/525165a

Trillions of trees

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 3:21am

Survey of surveys finds 422 trees for every person on Earth.

Nature 525 170 doi: 10.1038/525170a

The revolution will not be crystallized: a new method sweeps through structural biology

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:21pm

Move over X-ray crystallography. Cryo-electron microscopy is kicking up a storm by revealing the hidden machinery of the cell.

Nature 525 172 doi: 10.1038/525172a

Online security braces for quantum revolution

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 12:21pm

Encryption fix begins in preparation for arrival of futuristic computers.

Nature 525 167 doi: 10.1038/525167a

Fishing for the first Americans

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 10:21am

Archaeology is moving underwater and along riverbanks to find clues left by the people who colonized the New World.

Nature 525 176 doi: 10.1038/525176a

Cancer immunotherapy pioneer wins prestigious Lasker Award

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 8:21am

James Allison is enlisting the body’s own defenses to fight tumours.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.18340

Wikipedians reach out to academics

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 7:21am

London conference discusses efforts by the online encyclopaedia to enlist the help of scientists.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.18313

Germany claims success for elite universities drive

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:21am

Report praises US$5-billion scheme for making leading universities more competitive — but some smaller institutions have done just as well.

Nature 525 168 doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.18312

LHC signal hints at cracks in physics' standard model

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 9:21am

Collider spots same anomaly seen by two other experiments, but more data are needed to claim a discovery.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.18307

US agencies plan research-ethics overhaul

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 12:21pm

Long-awaited revision proposed for regulations governing studies of human subjects.

Nature 525 166 doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.18309

Rejection of GM crops is not a failure for science

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 9:21am

Governments maintaining their antipathy for transgenic crops are sensibly balancing public consent with scientific evidence, says Colin Macilwain.

Nature 525 7 doi: 10.1038/525007a

The week in science: 28 August–3 September 2015

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 8:21am

Oliver Sacks dies; rare nautilus spotted after 30 years; and mystery of Knut’s death is solved.

Nature 525 10 doi: 10.1038/525010a

The tiniest Lego: a tale of nanoscale motors, rotors, switches and pumps

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 4:21am

Inspired by biology, chemists have created a cornucopia of molecular parts that act as switches, motors and ratchets. Now it is time to do something useful with them.

Nature 525 18 doi: 10.1038/525018a

Space station dark-matter experiment hits a glitch

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 11:21am

Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer cooling pump failure raises questions about its longevity.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.18280

Global count reaches 3 trillion trees

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 9:21am

Approach combines ground-based surveys with satellite imaging to find higher density than anticipated.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.18287

Pluto snow forecast poses atmospheric conundrum

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 8:21am

Discrepancy arises between New Horizons and Earth-based measurements.

Nature 525 13 doi: 10.1038/525013a

Giant study poses DNA data-sharing dilemma

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 6:21am

US Precision Medicine Initiative must decide how much data to release to participants.

Nature 525 16 doi: 10.1038/525016a

What could derail the wearables revolution?

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 2:21am

Electronic gadgets on — and in — our bodies are multiplying fast, but transmitting all their data safely will be a challenge.

Nature 525 22 doi: 10.1038/525022a