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Earth-sized planet around nearby star is astronomy dream come true

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 5:21am

Planet orbiting Proxima Centauri is likely to be the focus of future interstellar voyages.

Nature 536 381 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20445

Beyond Terminator: squishy 'octobot' heralds new era of soft robotics

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:21pm

Ditching conventional electronics and power sources, the pliable robot operates without rigid parts.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20487

'Terrifying shaking': Deadly Italian quake strikes 40 kilometres from L’Aquila

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 10:21am

Unlike 2009 tragedy, no seismic activity was recorded prior to the latest quake.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20489

Obama’s science legacy: uneven progress on scientific integrity

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 10:21am

US agencies have adopted stronger policies but have not always followed them.

Nature 536 386 doi: 10.1038/536386b

Obama’s science legacy: climate (policy) hots up

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 9:21am

President sidesteps Congress to curb US greenhouse-gas emissions.

Nature 536 387 doi: 10.1038/536387a

Giant, deadly ice slide baffles researchers

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 8:21am

Climate change could be to blame for Tibetan tragedy.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20471

Obama’s science legacy: betting big on biomedical science

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 8:21am

Ambitious bids to map the brain and cure cancer have not boosted overall research funding.

Nature 536 385 doi: 10.1038/536385a

Obama’s science legacy: a space race stalls

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 5:21am

A crewed trip to Mars is still decades away.

Nature 536 386 doi: 10.1038/536386a

Europe leads growing market in offshore wind power

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 2:21am

Offshore capacity on the rise despite high costs of installation.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20454

Brain's chemical signals seen in real time

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:21am

Imaging technique reveals dopamine surges as mice learn to associate a sound with pleasure.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20458

Putin appoints church historian as science minister

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 9:21am

No reason is given for the surprise move.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20472

China, Japan, CERN: Who will host the next LHC?

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 9:21am

Labs are vying to build ever-bigger colliders against a backdrop of uncertainty about how particle physicists will make the next big discoveries.

Nature 536 383 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20453

‘Radically rewritten’ bacterial genome unveiled

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 11:21am

The altered Escherichia coli represent the most extensive reengineering yet of an organism’s genetic code.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20451

Define the Anthropocene in terms of the whole Earth

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 11:21am

Researchers must consider human impacts on entire Earth systems and not get trapped in discipline-specific definitions, says Clive Hamilton.

Nature 536 251 doi: 10.1038/536251a

The week in science: 12–18 August 2016

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 9:21am

China launches quantum satellite; Polio re-emerges in Nigeria; and study reveals how a solar flare almost started a war.

Nature 536 254 doi: 10.1038/536254a

Mosquito guns and heavy fines: how Cuba kept Zika at bay for so long

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 6:21am

It is one of the last Caribbean countries to get hit.

Nature 536 257 doi: 10.1038/536257a

Bottles, bags, ropes and toothbrushes: the struggle to track ocean plastics

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 5:21am

Scientists know that there is a colossal amount of plastic in the oceans. But they don’t know where it all is, what it looks like or what damage it does.

Nature 536 263 doi: 10.1038/536263a

The plastics revolution: how chemists are pushing polymers to new limits

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 11:21pm

Polymers have infiltrated almost every aspect of modern life. Now researchers are working on next-generation forms.

Nature 536 266 doi: 10.1038/536266a

US personalized-medicine industry takes hit from Supreme Court

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 6:21am

Recent decisions seem to drive spike in patent rejections.

Nature 536 382 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20436

CRISPR's hopeful monsters: gene-editing storms evo-devo labs

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 5:21am

Easy gene alterations in weird creatures make CRISPR a killer app for evolutionary developmental biology.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20449