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'Ransomware' cyberattack highlights vulnerability of universities

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 1:21pm

Staff at Canadian university given little guidance on how to mitigate future problems.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20111

The physicist who studies ISIS communities online

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 12:21pm

Neil Johnson explains what he learned when his team analysed nearly 200 pro-ISIS online communities.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20112

The week in science: 10–16 June 2016

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 10:21am

LIGO spots another gravitational wave; increasing light pollution on Earth obscures the Milky Way; and moose develop infectious prion disease in Norway.

Nature 534 300 doi: 10.1038/534300a

Promising gene therapies pose million-dollar conundrum

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 7:21am

Economists, investors and medical insurers can’t figure out how to pay for cutting-edge drugs.

Nature 534 305 doi: 10.1038/534305a

Boon or burden: what has the EU ever done for science?

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 3:21am

Nature examines five core ways that the European Union shapes the course of research.

Nature 534 307 doi: 10.1038/534307a

How iPS cells changed the world

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 8:21pm

Induced pluripotent stem cells were supposed to herald a medical revolution. But ten years after their discovery, they are transforming biological research instead.

Nature 534 310 doi: 10.1038/534310a

Mass coral death drives efforts to identify resilient reefs

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 4:21pm

Widespread bleaching gives scientists new urgency to avert decline of key ocean ecosystems.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20080

LIGO detects whispers of another black-hole merger

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 4:21pm

After historic first discovery last September, twin observatories detected gravitational waves again on Boxing Day.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20093

Science can map a solution to a fast-burning problem

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:21am

Wildfires such as those that hit Canada last month are a growing worry, writes Marc-André Parisien, but risk-assessment models can limit future damage.

Nature 534 297 doi: 10.1038/534297a

Can you teach old drugs new tricks?

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 8:21am

Faced with skyrocketing costs for developing new drugs, researchers are looking at ways to repurpose older ones — and even some that failed in initial trials.

Nature 534 314 doi: 10.1038/534314a

Stem cells for Snoopy: pet medicines spark a biotech boom

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 8:21am

Firms chase a new breed of advanced veterinary care, from antibodies to cell therapies.

Nature 534 303 doi: 10.1038/534303a

Muddled meanings hamper efforts to fix reproducibility crisis

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:21pm

Researchers tease out different definitions of a crucial scientific term.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20076

South Korean scientists fight plan to scrap military exemptions

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 11:21am

Defence ministry says army needs more recruits because of country's low-birth rate.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20077

France launches massive meteor-spotting network

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 11:21am

Tracking space rocks that reach Earth will give insight into the early Solar System.

Nature 534 304 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20070

Brazil's scientists start street protests against ministry merger

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 12:21pm

But politicians say that restoring a stand-alone science ministry is unlikely.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20071

First rodent found with a human-like menstrual cycle

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 3:21am

The spiny mouse could one day aid studies of women's reproductive problems.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20072

Gene editing can drive science to openness

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 2:21pm

The fast-moving field of gene-drive research provides an opportunity to rewrite the rules of the science, says Kevin Esvelt.

Nature 534 153 doi: 10.1038/534153a

Google moves closer to a universal quantum computer

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:21am

Combining the best of analog and digital approaches could yield a full-scale multipurpose quantum computer.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20032

‘Hobbit’ relatives found after ten-year hunt

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:21am

Jaw and teeth discovered in Indonesia are triumph for team that almost gave up hope.

Nature 534 164 doi: 10.1038/534164a

The week in science: 3–9 June 2016

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:21am

Gravitational-wave observatory passes technology test; gunman kills engineering professor in California; and Egypt’s bullied students and professors get international recognition.

Nature 534 156 doi: 10.1038/534156a