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ArXiv rejections lead to spat over screening process

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:21pm

High-profile physicist says his students' papers were wrongly rejected by the preprint server's volunteer moderators.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19267

In Japan, small shakes presage big quakes

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:21pm

Clusters of slow-slip events linked to risk of larger ones.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19252

Zika virus: Brazil's surge in small-headed babies questioned by report

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:21am

Organization says spike might be the result of heightened awareness because of possible link to Zika — but not everyone agrees.

Nature 530 13 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19259

Babylonian astronomers used geometry to track Jupiter

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 3:21am

Conceptual leap occurred over a thousand years earlier than historians thought.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19261

India needs home-grown GM food to stop starvation

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:21pm

Indian scientists must develop domestic genetically modified crops rather than rely on unsuitable foreign technology, says Anurag Chaurasia.

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The week in science: 22–28 January 2016

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 10:21pm

The hottest year; a new frog genus; and the loss of Marvin Minsky.

Nature 529 442 doi: 10.1038/529442a

Google AI algorithm masters ancient game of Go

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 6:21pm

Deep-learning software defeats human professional for first time.

Nature 529 445 doi: 10.1038/529445a

Hawking’s latest black-hole paper splits physicists

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:21pm

Some welcome his latest report as a fresh way to solve a black-hole conundrum; others are unsure of its merits.

Nature 529 448 doi: 10.1038/529448a

How quality control could save your science

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 1:21pm

It may not be sexy, but quality assurance is becoming a crucial part of lab life.

Nature 529 456 doi: 10.1038/529456a

Wearable sweat sensor paves way for real-time analysis of body chemistry

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 7:21pm

Flexible plastic sensor sends molecular test results to a smartphone.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19254

Genetics rewrites story of fish species trapped in single hole

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 7:21pm

DNA work shows Devils Hole pupfish might have occasionally mingled with relatives.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19251

Go players react to computer defeat

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 4:21pm

Experts think that world champion Lee Sedol may still beat the AI software in a March contest.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19255

Dog DNA probed for clues to human psychiatric ills

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 1:21pm

Pet project hunts genetic links to behaviour by polling owners on their companions’ quirks.

Nature 529 446 doi: 10.1038/529446a

Paris climate deal hinges on better carbon accountancy

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 6:21am

Local expertise is required to provide detailed emissions reports.

Nature 529 450 doi: 10.1038/529450a

Slaughter of the song birds

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 12:21pm

Songbirds are a culinary delicacy in Cyprus — but catching and eating them is illegal. Even so, the practice is on the rise and could be threatening rare species.

Nature 529 452 doi: 10.1038/529452a

More evidence emerges for 'transmissible Alzheimer's' theory

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 9:21am

Autopsies reveal plaques in the brains of people who died after receiving grafts from cadavers.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19229

Monkeys genetically modified to show autism symptoms

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 6:21pm

But it is unclear how well the results match the condition in humans.

Nature 529 449 doi: 10.1038/529449a

Worst year ever for rhino poaching in Africa

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 5:21pm

Illegal killing rises in Zimbabwe and Namibia, even as it dips in South Africa.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19225

Nature's news quiz: chemical elements, Planet Nine, and a nuclear test.

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:21pm

Have you been paying attention to January's science news?

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19226

Researchers question design of fatal French clinical trial

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 2:21pm

UK's Royal Statistical Society among those demanding more information after the release of trial's protocol.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19221