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The insect crisis we can’t ignore

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 12:21pm

We must start an ambitious and professional global programme to explore and preserve invertebrate biodiversity, says Axel Hochkirch.

Nature 539 141 doi: 10.1038/539141a

Political upheaval threatens Brazil’s environmental protections

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 12:21pm

Barrage of proposals would allow developers to sidestep environmental reviews.

Nature 539 147 doi: 10.1038/539147a

Big brain projects urged to aid public health

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

World Health Organization asks research initiatives to focus on translating their findings into clinical benefits.

Nature 539 151 doi: 10.1038/539151a

I can haz more science emoji? Host of nerd icons proposed

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 9:21am

At a conference in San Francisco, a group drafted proposals to add more planets, instruments and other science icons to the keyboard.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20960

Illegal ivory mostly from recent elephant killings

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 2:21pm

Carbon-dating study suggests governments are not fuelling trade by selling off old tusks.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20953

Machine-learning algorithm quantifies gender bias in astronomy

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

Calculation suggests papers with women first-authors have citation rates pushed down by 10%.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20932

Hard work, little reward: Nature readers reveal working hours and research challenges

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 6:21pm

In an online poll, almost two-thirds of readers say they have considered quitting research.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20933

Scientists can publish their best work at any age

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 11:21am

New equation also suggests way to predict a researcher's potential to produce top work.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20926

Psychologists argue about whether smiling makes cartoons funnier

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 9:21am

Multi-lab experiment fails to validate decades-old report that facial expressions can affect emotional state.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20929

Tracker flags up failures to report clinical trials

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 7:21am

Computerized search of trial registry lists worst offenders.

Nature 539 153 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20930

Earthquakes in Italy, cholera vaccines and turmoil in Turkish universities

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 6:21am

The week in science: 28 October–3 November 2016

Nature 539 10 doi: 10.1038/539010a

Plant-genome hackers seek better ways to produce customized crops

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 5:21am

As gene editing opens doors, plant researchers are hamstrung by the need for better ways to slip their molecular tools into cells.

Nature 539 16 doi: 10.1038/539016a

Can wind and solar fuel Africa's future?

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 4:21am

With prices for renewables dropping, many countries in Africa might leap past dirty forms of energy towards a cleaner future.

Nature 539 20 doi: 10.1038/539020a

Ant genomes rewrite history of Panama land bridge

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 3:21am

Genetic analysis suggests connection between the Americas emerged millions of years earlier than previously thought.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20924

Axion alert! Exotic-particle detector may miss out on dark matter

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 3:21am

Supercomputer calculation suggests hypothesized particle may be heavier than thought.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20925

Geneticists should offer data to participants

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 4:21pm

Sarah Nelson was refused access to her own genome data. How long before volunteers who face this attitude turn away from science?

Nature 539 7 doi: 10.1038/539007a

Young scientists ditch postdocs for biotech start-ups

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 10:21am

Many biologists are founding their own firms as venture capitalists show increased interest in science.

Nature 539 14 doi: 10.1038/539014a

Beyond Trump vs Clinton: A scientist’s guide to the US election

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 10:21am

The congressional races and state ballot measures that could shape US science.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20902

Publisher pulls 58 articles by Iranian scientists over authorship manipulation

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 8:21am

Cull of papers follows similar discoveries in 2015.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20916

Embattled mega-telescope gets back-up site in Canary Islands

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 10:21am

Continued opposition at Hawaii construction site drives the Thirty Meter Telescope’s backers to consider a plan B.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20903