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HIV’s Patient Zero exonerated

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 8:21am

A study clarifies when HIV entered the United States and dispels the myth that one man instigated the AIDS epidemic in North America.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20877

Rio fights Zika with biggest release yet of bacteria-infected mosquitoes

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 8:21am

Wolbachia -infected mosquitoes will be widely deployed in two South American cities to combat viral infections.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20878

US mental-health chief: psychiatry must get serious about mathematics

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 6:21am

Joshua Gordon says that his focus at the National Institute of Mental Health will be on quick wins, brain circuits and mathematical rigour.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20893

Divisive campaigning damages democracy

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 5:21am

In the final days before the US election, political leaders must speak out to boost confidence in the democratic process, says Andrew Daniller.

Nature 538 429 doi: 10.1038/538429a

Scientific challenges loom for Canada’s popular prime minister

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 12:21pm

Justin Trudeau draws praise for boosting budgets and unmuzzling scientists, but tough challenges lie ahead.

Nature 538 436 doi: 10.1038/538436a

Computing glitch may have doomed Mars lander

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 12:21pm

Researchers sift through clues after Schiaparelli crash in hopes of averting mistakes in 2020 mission.

Nature 538 435 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20861

Autism study finds early intervention has lasting effects

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 10:21am

Some autism symptoms reduced in children six years after their parents receive communications training.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20862

Violence escalates at South African universities

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 10:21am

Protests over rising tuition fees have stopped classes, closed institutions and slowed research.

Nature 538 440 doi: 10.1038/538440a

Inside Microsoft’s quest for a topological quantum computer

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 10:21am

Alex Bocharov explains why the company is hoping to build qubits out of particles that some scientists think might not even exist.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20774

Kepler finds scores of planets around cool dwarf stars

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 9:21am

NASA’s rebooted mission, K2, seeks out new worlds closely orbiting stars smaller than the Sun.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20853

Icy heart could be key to Pluto’s strange geology

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 9:21am

NASA’s New Horizons mission plumbs complex interplay between the dwarf planet's surface and its sky.

Nature 538 439 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20856