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Space-weather forecast to improve with European satellite

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 9:21am

Probe could give early warnings of catastrophic solar storms heading for Earth.

Nature 541 271 doi: 10.1038/541271a

The $2.4-billion plan to steal a rock from Mars

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 7:21am

NASA is now building the rover that it hopes will bring back signs of life on the red planet.

Nature 541 274 doi: 10.1038/541274a

Do you speak virus? Phages caught sending chemical messages

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 9:21am

A virus that infects bacteria listens to messages from its relatives when deciding how to attack its hosts.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21313

Trump nominees talk science: As it happened

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 1:21pm

President-elect's picks to lead environment and health agencies testify before Congress.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21319

Billion-dollar project aims to prep vaccines before epidemics hit

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 3:21pm

Massive effort plans to stockpile vaccines against future outbreaks.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21329

Controversial website that lists ‘predatory’ publishers shuts down

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 3:21pm

Librarian Jeffrey Beall won’t say why he has unpublished his widely read blog.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21328

Controversial patient-consent proposal left out of research-ethics reforms

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 1:21pm

US agency releases finalized ‘Common Rule’, which governs human-subjects research.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21330

Give the public the tools to trust scientists

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 9:21am

Anita Makri argues that the form of science communicated in popular media leaves the public vulnerable to false certainty.

Nature 541 261 doi: 10.1038/541261a

Croatia’s science minister rejects calls to resign amid plagiarism scandal

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:21pm

Pavo Barišić says he won't step down after a parliamentary ethics committee found he copied another scholar's work.

Nature 541 272 doi: 10.1038/541272a

How the panda’s ‘thumb’ evolved twice

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:21pm

Two species of distantly related panda may have adapted to a bamboo-centric diet in similar genetic ways.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21300

Surprising contenders emerge for Trump’s NIH chief

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:21am

A reproducibility guru, a former defence-research official and a controversial entrepreneur rumoured to be on list, along with current NIH leader and a congressman.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21295

Gates Foundation research can’t be published in top journals

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 9:21am

Publications such as Nature and Science have policies that clash with the global health charity's open-access mandate.

Nature 541 270 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21299

Five big mysteries about CRISPR’s origins

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:21pm

Where did it come from? How do organisms use it without self-destructing? And what else can it do?

Nature 541 280 doi: 10.1038/541280a

Sat-nav neurons tell bats where to go

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 1:21pm

Long-hypothesized brain cells give bats their distance and angle to a location.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21275

Prion-like protein spotted in bacteria for the first time

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:21pm

Until now, prions were only seen in the cells of eukaryotic organisms such as plants and animals.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21293

Lasers activate killer instinct in mice

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:21pm

Stimulating certain areas of the animals’ brains can trigger predatory behaviours including biting and grabbing.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21292

Tilikum dies, US antibiotic ban and a Nazi-science probe

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 9:21am

The week in science: 6–12 January 2017

Nature 541 138 doi: 10.1038/541138a

Deceptive curcumin offers cautionary tale for chemists

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 9:21am

Spice extract dupes assays and leads some drug hunters astray.

Nature 541 144 doi: 10.1038/541144a

Brexit offers rare chance to make Britain greener

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 9:21am

Environmental scientists plan to push for policy changes but are nervous about losing current protections.

Nature 541 145 doi: 10.1038/541145a

Behind New Zealand’s wild plan to purge all pests

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 7:21am

The country is gearing up to get rid of rats, possums, stoats and other invasive predators by 2050. Is it a pipe dream?

Nature 541 148 doi: 10.1038/541148a