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Astronomy roiled again by sexual-harassment allegations

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 1:21pm

Caltech has suspended a faculty member for violating its policy against harassment.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19153

Gravitational-wave rumours in overdrive

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 7:21am

Physicists say they've heard that the LIGO observatory may have spotted the signature of merging black holes.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19161

'Flaring' wastes 3.5% of world's natural gas

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:21pm

Satellite measurements track burned gas by country as policymakers seek to reduce emissions.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19141

The struggle to save the Middle East’s cultural treasures

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 1:21pm

Syrian civil war inspires creative efforts to document and protect ancient sites and artefacts threatened by fighting and looting.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19131

What kind of bomb did North Korea detonate?

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 12:21pm

Researchers hope for revealing xenon isotopes to waft from underground nuclear test.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19132

Death throes of giant star puzzle researchers

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:21am

Betelgeuse is too cool for current theories to explain how it sheds mass as it approaches death.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19134

Scientists bust myth that our bodies have more bacteria than human cells

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:21am

Decades-old assumption about microbiota revisited.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19136

Rebooted Kepler spacecraft hauls in the planets

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 1:21am

Fresh worlds found by K2 mission push beyond original discoveries.

Nature 529 139 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19126

Famous ancient iceman had familiar stomach infection

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 10:21pm

Ötzi ice mummy yields oldest complete pathogen genome.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19127

The week in science

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 6:21pm

Volkswagen sued; Nobel laureate Alfred Gilman dies; and Guinea now free of Ebola.

Nature 529 7 doi: 10.1038/529007a

China embraces precision medicine on a massive scale

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 6:21pm

Strong genomics record bodes well but a shortage of doctors could pose a hurdle.

Nature 529 9 doi: 10.1038/529009a

Enzyme tweak boosts precision of CRISPR genome edits

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 3:21pm

Engineered enzyme drives genome-editing errors below detection limit.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19114

Dutch lead European push to flip journals to open access

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 3:21pm

Academic consortia urge faster changes in scholarly publishing.

Nature 529 13 doi: 10.1038/529013a

Alien life could thrive in ancient star clusters

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 10:21am

Densely packed stars might allow civilizations to survive for many billions of years.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19124

Trial of blood-based Ebola therapy disappoints

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 8:21am

Death rates weren't reduced by transfusing survivors' plasma into Ebola patients.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19125

Dogs thwart effort to eradicate Guinea worm

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 8:21am

Epidemic in dogs complicates push to wipe out parasite.

Nature 529 10 doi: 10.1038/529010a

Antarctic clouds studied for first time in five decades

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 6:21am

AWARE project will help unravel effects of global warming.

Nature 529 12 doi: 10.1038/529012a

The physics of life

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 5:21pm

From flocking birds to swarming molecules, physicists are seeking to understand 'active matter' — and looking for a fundamental theory of the living world.

Nature 529 16 doi: 10.1038/529016a

Missing mice: gaps in data plague animal research

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 4:21pm

Reports of hundreds of biomedical experiments lack essential information.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.19101

Constructive engagement is the key to climate action

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 4:21pm

This year, scientists should resolve to follow the lead of Pope Francis and seek an inclusive approach to climate change, says Daniel Sarewitz.

Nature 529 6 doi: 10.1038/529006a