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NASA science chief: ‘I have no worries about the resilience of this country’

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 8:21am

Thomas Zurbuchen on the agency’s Earth-science programmes and the transition to a new president.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21180

Comment pieces of 2016

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 6:21am

Our editors' pick of this year’s influential expert opinions.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21181

Historic decision allows UK researchers to trial ‘three person’ babies

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 12:21pm

Fertility regulator says mitochondrial-replacement therapy can be trialled — but only in some cases.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21182

Europe's Galileo satellites herald new era for Earth science

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 10:21am

Third global fleet will soon be joined by Asian counterparts, setting the atmosphere abuzz with scientifically-useful radio-wave signals.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21183

Trump nominations, Brexit impact and space icon dies

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 9:21am

The week in science: 9–15 December 2016.

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Tech giants open virtual worlds to bevy of AI programs

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 6:21am

Artificial-intelligence algorithms can learn a lot from playing immersive 3D video games.

Nature 540 323 doi: 10.1038/540323a

Three minutes with Hans Rosling will change your mind about the world

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 5:21am

He has influenced leaders from Melinda Gates to Fidel Castro. Now, he is on a mission to save people from their preconceived ideas.

Nature 540 330 doi: 10.1038/540330a

Meet Chewie, the biggest Australopithecus on record

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:21am

Tallest specimen deduced from 3.7-million-year-old footprints in Tanzania.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21144

Dear highly-esteemed expert: how to cope with academic spam

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 9:21am

Researchers who tested intervention to reduce spam say ‘Get familiar with the delete button.’

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21158

Incredibly thin Arctic sea ice shocks researchers

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 5:21am

Rare winter expedition near northern Norway finds weak ice that is increasingly vulnerable to storms.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21163

Is Donald Trump pushing more scientists towards political activism?

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 5:21am

Researchers are reaching out to the US president-elect with science advice — and criticism.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21130

Algorithms compete to predict recipe for cancer vaccine

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 5:21am

How to rouse the immune system against tumours has proved elusive.

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Best features of 2016

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 4:21am

A selection of the best and most popular long reads from Nature this year.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21162

What Trump’s pick for secretary of state could mean for climate policy

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 2:21am

ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson draws scepticism and scorn — but looks progressive compared with other Trump selections.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21153

LHC scientists bring conference to deported physicist

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 6:21pm

Colleagues travel to visit Adlène Hicheur, who by renouncing French citizenship will soon have his house arrest lifted.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21155

Trump's pick for energy secretary once sought to eliminate DOE

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 12:21pm

Former Texas governor Rick Perry lacks the technical background of the agency's recent leaders.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21160

Simply studying populism is no longer enough

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 12:21pm

Sociologist Matthijs Rooduijn explains why the darkening political mood must force academics to step up and choose sides.

Nature 540 317 doi: 10.1038/540317a

Brexit by the numbers: the fear of brain drain

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 11:21am

Evidence to parliamentary inquiry puts some figures on the uncertainty hanging over EU university staff.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21142

LIGO black hole echoes hint at general-relativity breakdown

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 9:21am

Gravitational-wave data show tentative signs of firewalls or other exotic physics.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21135

Italian scientists won’t miss departing Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 8:21am

Italy’s youngest leader failed to walk the talk when it came to boosting research, academics say.

Nature 540 324 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21139