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The week in science: 8–14 January 2016

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 8:21am

Hydrogen bomb debunked; science passport required; and quantum physicist bags award in China.

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Nuclear rumours delay India’s bid for neutrino glory

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 6:21am

Rumours frustrate physicists in a global competition to understand elusive particles.

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Taiwan’s SARS hero poised to be vice-president

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 6:21am

Epidemiologist who spearheaded response to outbreak is a popular choice.

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Trouble in Tibet

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 2:21am

Rapid changes in Tibetan grasslands are threatening Asia's main water supply and the livelihood of nomads.

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Obama proposes cancer “moonshot” in State of the Union address

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 5:21pm

US president also touts his climate-policy achievements as he begins his final year in office.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19155

Falling space debris traced to 1998 lunar mission

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 1:21pm

Researchers tentatively identify an object that fell near Sri Lanka in November.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19162

China’s quantum space pioneer: We need to explore the unknown

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 9:21am

Pan Jian-Wei is masterminding a project to test quantum entanglement in space.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19166

New chemistry revives elementary question

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 3:21pm

The periodic table is a public symbol of chemistry. But as it grows larger, we must stress that science is not just about producing lists, says Philip Ball.

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Vietnam begins huge effort to identify war dead

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 12:21pm

World’s largest systematic identification project will use smart DNA-testing technology.

Nature 529 135 doi: 10.1038/529135a

Hunt for Ebola’s wild hideout takes off as epidemic wanes

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 6:21am

Researchers aim to prevent recurrences by finding the virus’s natural host.

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Bitter fight over CRISPR patent heats up

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 12:21pm

Unusual battle among academic institutions holds key to gene-editing tool’s future use.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17961

Why boredom is anything but boring

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 12:21pm

Implicated in everything from traumatic brain injury to learning ability, boredom has become extremely interesting to scientists.

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Cancer blood test venture faces technical hurdles

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 7:21am

A major player's entry into DNA-based detection of emerging tumours will test the technology's potential.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19152

Astronomy roiled again by sexual-harassment allegations

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 12:21pm

Caltech has suspended a faculty member for violating its policy against harassment.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19153

Gravitational-wave rumours in overdrive

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 6:21am

Physicists say they've heard that the LIGO observatory may have spotted the signature of merging black holes.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19161

'Flaring' wastes 3.5% of world's natural gas

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 2:21pm

Satellite measurements track burned gas by country as policymakers seek to reduce emissions.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19141

The struggle to save the Middle East’s cultural treasures

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 12:21pm

Syrian civil war inspires creative efforts to document and protect ancient sites and artefacts threatened by fighting and looting.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19131

What kind of bomb did North Korea detonate?

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 11:21am

Researchers hope for revealing xenon isotopes to waft from underground nuclear test.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19132

Death throes of giant star puzzle researchers

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:21am

Betelgeuse is too cool for current theories to explain how it sheds mass as it approaches death.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19134

Scientists bust myth that our bodies have more bacteria than human cells

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 2:21am

Decades-old assumption about microbiota revisited.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19136