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Did humans drive 'hobbit' species to extinction?

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 4:21am

Latest excavations show Homo floresiensis to be tens of thousands of years older than thought.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19651

Nuclear summit a test for Obama's legacy

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 1:21pm

US president pushed world to secure radioactive materials, but the threat of nuclear warfare — and terrorism — remains.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19654

Zika highlights role of controversial fetal-tissue research

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 9:21am

Fetal tissue may prove crucial to probing link between virus and birth defects.

Nature 532 16 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19655

Sugar tax could sweeten a market failure

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 9:21am

Britain has announced a tax on sugary drinks. Countries should go further and target foods that have large carbon footprints, says Adam Briggs.

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Largest ever study of transgender teenagers set to kick off

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 5:21am

Scientists will track psychological and medical outcomes of controversial treatments to help transgender adolescents transition.

Nature 531 560 doi: 10.1038/531560a

24 hours at the X-ray factory

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 11:21am

Behind the scenes at Europe’s massive synchrotron — where science never sleeps.

Nature 531 564 doi: 10.1038/531564a

The race is on to develop Zika vaccine

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 11:21am

Officials hope to avoid repeat of delayed response to Ebola epidemic.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19634

Japanese X-ray satellite loses communication with Earth

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 2:21pm

Future of the major astronomy probe remains unclear as pieces of space debris are reported.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19642

‘Minimal’ cell raises stakes in race to harness synthetic life

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 1:21pm

Craig Venter’s creation comes as CRISPR gene-editing methods provide alternative ways to tinker with life’s building blocks.

Nature 531 557 doi: 10.1038/531557a

The week in science: 18–24 March 2016

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 9:21am

Public vote for unlikely research-ship name; China’s gravitational-wave hunt progresses; and concerns about Great Barrier Reef.

Nature 531 418 doi: 10.1038/531419a

Prestigious Karolinska Institute dismisses controversial trachea surgeon

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:21pm

Paolo Macchiarini says that he does not accept disciplinary-board findings.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19629

The black-hole collision that reshaped physics

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:21pm

A momentous signal from space has confirmed decades of theorizing on black holes — and launched a new era of gravitational-wave astronomy.

Nature 531 428 doi: 10.1038/531428a

Set up a ‘self-retraction’ system for honest errors

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:21pm

Notices should make obvious whether a withdrawal of research is the result of misconduct or a genuine mistake, says Daniele Fanelli.

Nature 531 415 doi: 10.1038/531415a

Massive network of robotic ocean probes gets smart upgrade

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 3:21pm

Initiatives aim to measure global warming’s impact on high seas and deep currents.

Nature 531 421 doi: 10.1038/531421a

Scientists clash over lifespan of captive killer whales

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 12:21pm

Two conflicting studies are at centre of row.

Nature 531 426 doi: 10.1038/531426a

The secret lives of jellyfish

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 11:21am

Long regarded as minor players in ocean ecology, jellyfish are actually important parts of the marine food web.

Nature 531 432 doi: 10.1038/531432a

Australian cryptologists concerned by restrictive exports law

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 9:21am

Other scientists also say the need to get a permit for applied ‘dual-use’ research may constrain academic freedom.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19611

Excluded, intimidated and harassed: LGBT physicists face discrimination

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 5:21am

Transgender people are the most affected.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19614

Mobile-phone health apps deliver data bounty

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 11:21am

Smartphone programs allow researchers to recruit large numbers of participants and monitor them in real time.

Nature 531 422 doi: 10.1038/531422a

China’s carbon emissions could peak sooner than forecast

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 10:21am

Country's 13th Five-Year Plan advances a broad goal to phase down coal and expand renewable energy.

Nature 531 425 doi: 10.1038/531425a