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NASA rethinks approach to Mars exploration

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 2:21pm

Agency looks to time-allocation model in an era of shifting commercial and international interests.

Nature 538 149 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20758

A Mars rocket, an artificial pancreas and a plutonium problem

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 12:21pm

The week in science: 30 September–6 October 2016

Nature 538 10 doi: 10.1038/538010a

Syrian seed bank gets new home away from war

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 8:21am

Ancient genes will soon be available to researchers again, but the move poses its own challenges.

Nature 538 16 doi: 10.1038/538016a

Can we open the black box of AI?

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 4:21am

Artificial intelligence is everywhere. But before scientists trust it, they first need to understand how machines learn.

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World’s tiniest machines win chemistry Nobel

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 3:21am

Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Fraser Stoddart and Bernard Feringa share 2016 award.

Nature 538 152 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20734

Human age limit claim sparks debate

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 1:21pm

Analysis suggests people will never live much beyond 115 but some scientists say that it's too soon to assume a fixed shelf-life.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20750

Warning to forest destroyers: this scientist will catch you

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 9:21am

Matthew Hansen uses satellites to spot deforestation as it happens.

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Physics of 2D exotic matter wins Nobel

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 3:21am

British-born theorists recognized for work on topological phases.

Nature 538 18 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20722

Paris climate deal to take effect as EU ratifies accord

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 2:21pm

Agreement is likely to enter into force before next round of UN climate negotiations in Marrakesh.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20735

Corporate culture has no place in academia

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 7:21am

‘Academic capitalism’ contributed to the mishandling of the Macchiarini case by officials at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, argues Olof Hallonsten.

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Women postdocs less likely than men to get a glowing reference

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 6:21am

Women and men applying for geoscience postdocs receive very different letters of support from their mentors.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20715

Medicine Nobel for research on how cells 'eat themselves'

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 3:21pm

Japanese biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi recognized for work on autophagy.

Nature 538 18 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20721

Mission accomplished: Rosetta crashes into comet

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 5:21pm

Craft sends back wealth of images in 19-kilometre descent.

Nature 538 13 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20705

US left with just one working fusion reactor — for now

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 1:21pm

Design flaw may have doomed machine at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab.

Nature 538 14 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20710

UK bioethicists eye designer babies and CRISPR cows

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 11:21am

Panel will focus on the implications of gene editing in human reproduction and livestock.

Nature 538 17 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20713

Drone lights, cameras and sucking up to a whale

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 10:21am

September’s sharpest science shots, selected by Nature’ s photo team.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20714

Open-access journal eLife to start charging fees

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 11:21am

Journal backed by world’s largest private research funders will still depend on grants to cover expenses.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20700

Gender bias found in Earth-science society journals

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 7:21am

Women publish and review less than men in American Geophysical Union journals, but have a higher acceptance rate.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20708

Biologists plan scoring system for antibodies

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 5:21am

Manufacturers and users will rank reagents to improve the reliability of research.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20712

Encourage governments to heed scientific advice

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 5:21am

To stop evidence-based policy losing its clout, researchers need to engage with policymakers and understand their needs, says Bill Colglazier.

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