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World’s largest wind-mapping project spins up in Portugal

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 8:21pm

International team seeks better picture of wind as it moves over rugged terrain.

Nature 542 282 doi: 10.1038/542282a

Solar and wind energy propel growth in US renewables

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 7:21am

Capacity has grown threefold in the past decade, but the country still lags behind Europe and China in sustainable energy.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21472

Fractal secrets of Rorschach's famed ink blots revealed

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 2:21pm

The simplicity of the stains' repeating patterns is key to why we see so many images in them.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21473

US science advisers outline path to genetically modified babies

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 7:21am

Modified human embryos should be allowed if researchers meet strict criteria, says long-awaited National Academies report.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21474

German scientists regain access to Elsevier journals

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 7:21am

Publisher restores access as negotiations for a nationwide licence continue.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21482

Science journals permit open-access publishing for Gates Foundation scholars

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:21pm

The provisional agreement may set a precedent for other funders and journal publishers.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21486

Elusive triangulene created by moving atoms one at a time

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:21pm

Unstable molecule couldn’t be made through conventional synthesis, so IBM researchers carried out molecular surgery using a microscope tip.

Nature 542 284 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21462

Heavyweight funders back central site for life-sciences preprints

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 2:21pm

Coalition of scientists and research agencies argue for a one-stop shop server.

Nature 542 283 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21466

Three sites where NASA might retrieve its first Mars rock

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 2:21pm

Agency narrows possible targets for the first-ever sample return from the red planet.

Nature 542 279 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21470

Long-awaited mathematics proof could help scan Earth's innards

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:21am

Proposed solution to geometry puzzle allows an object’s structure to be determined from limited information.

Nature 542 281 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21439

Harvesting sharks could be key to saving them

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 1:21pm

Sustainable fishing of some species for products including fins is feasible, and can avoid cruel practices, study finds.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21463

Mars’s frozen pole, Sweden’s climate plan and a stem-cell trial in Japan

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 1:21pm

The week in science: 3–9 February 2017.

Nature 542 142 doi: 10.1038/542142a

LIGO’s underdog cousin ready to enhance gravitational-wave hunt

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 6:21am

It missed the historic discovery, but the Virgo lab in Italy is now primed to extend LIGO’s reach and precision.

Nature 542 146 doi: 10.1038/542146a

Treaty to stop biopiracy threatens to delay flu vaccines

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 2:21am

Industry and public-health experts concerned about ramifications of Nagoya Protocol.

Nature 542 148 doi: 10.1038/542148a

Arctic 2.0: What happens after all the ice goes?

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 6:21pm

Researchers look into the future of the far North for clues to save species and maybe even bring back sea ice.

Nature 542 152 doi: 10.1038/542152a

'Riskiest ideas' win $50 million from Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 2:21pm

Initiative's first grants will fund a medley of wild ideas from top San Francisco Bay Area biologists, engineers and programmers.

Nature 542 280 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21440

The most powerful man in UK science on his new role

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:21pm

Mark Walport will be the first head of a £6-billion “super-agency”.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21441

The hunt for rogue planets just got tougher

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:21am

New analyses cut down the estimated number of planets unattached to a star by half.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21445

French auditors criticize €5-billion science super-campus near Paris

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 10:21am

Would-be rival to MIT lacks strategy and governance, report says.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21460

Science, lies and video-taped experiments

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 8:21am

Too many researchers make up or massage their data, says Timothy D. Clark. Only stringent demands for proof can stop them.

Nature 542 139 doi: 10.1038/542139a