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HIV overcomes CRISPR gene-editing attack

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:21am

Virus can quickly develop mutations that resist attack by DNA-shearing enzymes.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19712

Door-to-door canvassing reduces transphobia

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 9:21am

A simple, non-judgemental chat can lessen prejudice towards transgender people.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19713

The week in science: 1–7 April 2016

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 8:21am

Ebola emergency over; ice wall to contain Fukushima leak; and ET search begins.

Nature 532 10 doi: 10.1038/532010a

Negotiations to tame marine Wild West begin

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 5:21am

Nations debate how to protect biodiversity in the high seas.

Nature 532 18 doi: 10.1038/532018a

Mental health: There’s an app for that

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 5:21am

Smartphone apps claim to help conditions from addiction to schizophrenia, but few have been thoroughly tested.

Nature 532 20 doi: 10.1038/532020a

Snow-sensing fleet to unlock water's icy secrets

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 5:21am

Airborne experiments aim to fill in the blanks of global water resources as the climate changes.

Nature 532 17 doi: 10.1038/532017a

Mysterious antidepressant target reveals its shape

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 3:21am

But questions about the role of brain chemistry in depression may prevent the findings from spurring drug development.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19711

Recognize the value of social science

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 12:21pm

A professional body for UK social scientists can help to improve research practice — and not just in public engagement, says Andrew Webster.

Nature 532 7 doi: 10.1038/532007a

Trump’s immigration stance stokes fears for science

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:21am

Rhetoric in US presidential campaign concerns researchers — particularly Muslims.

Nature 532 13 doi: 10.1038/532013a

Controversial dark-matter claim faces ultimate test

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 4:21pm

Multiple teams finally have the material they need to repeat enigmatic experiment.

Nature 532 14 doi: 10.1038/532014a

What new GSK patent policy means for the developing world

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:21pm

Analysts welcome focus on cancer drugs for poorest countries but caution that more work needs to be done.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19695

How human sacrifice propped up the social order

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:21am

Understanding the role of state-sanctioned killing does more than illuminate the social evolution of “pre-modern” cultures.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19681

More people obese than underweight

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 5:21am

Four-decade analysis suggests that one-fifth of the world's population will be obese by 2025.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19682