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Hottest year, atomic-clock problems and a diversity failure

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 4:21am

The week in science: 20–26 January 2017.

Nature 541 440 doi: 10.1038/541440a

Plant biologists welcome their robot overlords

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:21am

Old-school areas of plant biology are getting tech upgrades that herald more detailed, faster data collection.

Nature 541 445 doi: 10.1038/541445a

Big science has a buzzword problem

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 9:21am

Moonshots, road maps, frameworks and more are proliferating, but few can agree on what these names even mean.

Nature 541 450 doi: 10.1038/541450a

How to find the right answer when the 'wisdom of the crowd' fails

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 6:21am

A new algorithm succeeds by asking members of large groups how they think others will respond.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21370

World’s foremost institute on death and disease metrics gets massive cash boost

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 5:21pm

Centre evaluates how public-health spending can improve mortality rates and disease burden, but many countries still do not record how people die.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21373

We must urgently clarify data-sharing rules

Sun, 01/29/2017 - 11:21am

Scientists have worked hard to ensure that Europe’s new data laws do not harm science, but one last push is needed, says Jan-Eric Litton.

Nature 541 437 doi: 10.1038/541437a

D-Wave upgrade: How scientists are using the world’s most controversial quantum computer

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 2:21pm

Scepticism surrounds the ultimate potential of D-wave machines, but researchers are already finding uses for them.

Nature 541 447 doi: 10.1038/541447b

‘You never said my peer review was confidential’ — scientist challenges publisher

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 1:21pm

Open-science advocate says journals should be clearer to peer-reviewers about terms and conditions.

Nature 541 446 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21342

Scientists join massive protest against Trump

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:21am

Researchers at Women's March in Washington DC defend their work as US president takes office.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21345

Rumours swirl about Trump's science adviser pick

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:21am

Climate sceptic William Happer and ardent critic of academia David Gelernter have met with the president.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21336

Trump’s next move? Scientists struggle with foggy future

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:21am

The US president reiterated his promise to roll back climate regulations on his first day in office.

Nature 541 443 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21339

Biotech firm backs controversial CRISPR challenger

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 1:21pm

What Novozymes might do with the NgAgo protein, claimed by some to be a powerful gene editor, is still unclear.

Nature 541 447 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21343

Scientists on their hopes and fears for Trump administration

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 10:21am

Comments about the new US president and the importance of science flowed under the #USofScience and #SciTrump hashtags.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21344

NIH director Francis Collins staying on — for now

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 10:21am

President-elect Donald Trump’s team has asked Collins to remain in his job for an unknown period.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.19081

Four ways Trump could unravel Obama's science legacy

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 10:21am

From stem-cell law to national monuments, the president-elect has myriad opportunities to transform the research landscape.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21327

Gene-edited animals face US regulatory crackdown

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 1:21pm

Last-minute proposal from Obama administration addresses CRISPR and other cutting-edge technologies.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21331

Perry promises to protect ‘all of the science’ at the US energy department

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 12:21pm

Trump’s nominee for energy secretary says that he will base decisions on ‘sound science’.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21334

Marijuana's benefits, Antarctic ice cracks and a $500-million donation

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 8:21am

The week in science: 13–19 January 2017.

Nature 541 264 doi: 10.1038/541264a

India’s first GM food crop held up by lawsuit

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 8:21am

Scientists accused of deceiving the public about benefits of transgenic mustard.

Nature 541 267 doi: 10.1038/541267a

Cancer reproducibility project releases first results

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 3:21am

An open-science effort to replicate dozens of cancer-biology studies is off to a confusing start.

Nature 541 269 doi: 10.1038/541269a