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Tiny ‘chipsat’ spacecraft set for first flight

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 9:21am

Launch in July will test new way to explore the Solar System — and beyond.

Nature 534 15 doi: 10.1038/534015a

Why South Korea is the world’s biggest investor in research

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 9:21am

The Asian nation is spending big in the hope of winning a Nobel prize, but it will need more than cash to realize its ambitions.

Nature 534 20 doi: 10.1038/534020a

Peru’s gold rush prompts public-health emergency

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 3:21am

Gold-mining boom in southeastern Amazon is driving high levels of mercury contamination.

Nature 534 162 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19999

Marine ecologists take to the skies to study coral reefs

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 11:21am

Satellites and research aeroplanes could offer a better, broader view of coral health.

Nature 534 13 doi: 10.1038/534013a

The snot-spattered experiments that show how far sneezes really spread

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 8:21am

Mathematician Lydia Bourouiba uses high-speed video to break down the anatomy of sneezes and coughs — and to understand infectious disease.

Nature 534 24 doi: 10.1038/534024a

Two-hundred-terabyte maths proof is largest ever

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 2:21pm

A computer cracks the Boolean Pythagorean triples problem — but is it really maths?

Nature 534 17 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19990

US advised to stick with troubled fusion reactor ITER

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 7:21am

The Department of Energy says the US should fund ITER until 2018, and then re-evaluate its progress.

Nature 534 16 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19994

Society must seize control of the antibiotics crisis

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 2:21pm

Pressure from the public could force firms to develop new drugs that treat resistant infections, says Carlos Amábile-Cuevas.

Nature 533 439 doi: 10.1038/533439a

The week in science: 20–26 May 2016

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 7:21am

Pandemic war chest unveiled for developing countries; India launches space shuttle; and US National Football League criticized over health-funding pressure.

Nature 533 442 doi: 10.1038/533442a

1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:21pm

Survey sheds light on the ‘crisis’ rocking research.

Nature 533 452 doi: 10.1038/533452a

Next generation of carbon-monitoring satellites faces daunting hurdles

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:21pm

Space agencies envisage system of probes to track whether countries are achieving emissions goals.

Nature 533 446 doi: 10.1038/533446a

Has a Hungarian physics lab found a fifth force of nature?

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 5:21am

Radioactive decay anomaly could imply a new fundamental force, theorists say.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19957

Cloud-seeding surprise could improve climate predictions

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 7:21pm

A molecule made by trees can seed clouds, suggesting that pre-industrial skies were less sunny than thought.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19971

Why the historic deal to expand US chemical regulation matters

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:21pm

A rare bipartisan compromise endorsed by industry and the White House will give the US government new authority to ensure that chemicals are safe.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19973

Neanderthals built cave structures — and no one knows why

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:21pm

Walls of stalagmites in a French cave might have had a domestic or a ceremonial use. 

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19975

Jailed Iranian physicist released on bail

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:21pm

Omid Kokabee has been granted temporary medical leave after having a kidney removed.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19976

Silicon quantum computers take shape in Australia

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 10:21am

Two blueprints emerge from centre tasked with creating a practical quantum device.

Nature 533 448 doi: 10.1038/533448a

US reviews plan to infect mosquitoes with bacteria to stop disease

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 9:21am

Biotech firm seeks government approval to market mosquitoes as a pesticide to prevent spread of Zika and dengue viruses.

Nature 533 450 doi: 10.1038/533450a

Poverty linked to epigenetic changes and mental illness

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 7:21am

Impoverished adolescents acquire DNA marks, brain changes and depression over time.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19972

The secret history of ancient toilets

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 7:21am

By scouring the remains of early loos and sewers, archaeologists are finding clues to what life was like in the Roman world and in other civilizations.

Nature 533 456 doi: 10.1038/533456a