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Germany’s science hubs win in major research revamp

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 6:21pm

Research clusters emerge as the big success of Germany’s Excellence Initiative — despite its focus on elite institutes.

Nature 530 18 doi: 10.1038/530018a

The mystery of the expanding tropics

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 3:21pm

As Earth's dry zones shift rapidly polewards, researchers are scrambling to figure out the cause — and consequences.

Nature 530 20 doi: 10.1038/530020a

Microplastics damage oyster fertility

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 2:21pm

Plastic litter affects offspring of exposed marine animals.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19286

University seeks private donations to offset climate funding crunch

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:21pm

Columbia courts philanthropic benefactors to support research in impacts and adaptation.

Nature 530 16 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19260

UK scientists gain licence to edit genes in human embryos

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 11:21am

Team at Francis Crick Institute permitted to use CRISPR–Cas9 technology in embryos for early-development research.

Nature 530 18 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19270

Artificial-windpipe pioneer under scrutiny again

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:21pm

Karolinska Institute may reopen investigation into Paolo Macchiarini, whom it cleared of research misconduct last year.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19272

Surge in support for animal-research guidelines

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 1:21pm

Journals throw their weight behind checklist for rigorous animal experiments.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19274

Scientists swab C-section babies with mothers' microbes

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:21am

Newborns were exposed experimentally to vaginal microbes to restore the microbiomes they missed.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19275

Error found in study of first ancient African genome

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 1:21pm

Finding that much of Africa has Eurasian ancestry was mistaken.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19258

ArXiv rejections lead to spat over screening process

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:21pm

High-profile physicist says his students' papers were wrongly rejected by the preprint server's volunteer moderators.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19267

In Japan, small shakes presage big quakes

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:21pm

Clusters of slow-slip events linked to risk of larger ones.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19252

Zika virus: Brazil's surge in small-headed babies questioned by report

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:21am

Organization says spike might be the result of heightened awareness because of possible link to Zika — but not everyone agrees.

Nature 530 13 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19259

Babylonian astronomers used geometry to track Jupiter

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 3:21am

Conceptual leap occurred over a thousand years earlier than historians thought.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19261

India needs home-grown GM food to stop starvation

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:21pm

Indian scientists must develop domestic genetically modified crops rather than rely on unsuitable foreign technology, says Anurag Chaurasia.

Nature 529 439 doi: 10.1038/529439a

The week in science: 22–28 January 2016

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 10:21pm

The hottest year; a new frog genus; and the loss of Marvin Minsky.

Nature 529 442 doi: 10.1038/529442a

Google AI algorithm masters ancient game of Go

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 6:21pm

Deep-learning software defeats human professional for first time.

Nature 529 445 doi: 10.1038/529445a