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How dingoes could be shaping Australia’s landscape

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 7:21am

New study informs a long-standing debate about how predators shape ecosystems.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21962

Century-old tumours offer rare cancer clues

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 3:21am

DNA sequences from 100-year-old tumour samples could bolster childhood cancer research.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21975

Science struggles on in my ravaged country

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:21pm

Venezuela’s researchers strive to work amid the breakdown of democracy, often without water or power, says Benjamin Scharifker.

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Satellite images reveal gaps in global population data

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 9:21am

Algorithms help to produce precise maps of where people in developing countries live and work.

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Ghana telescope heralds first pan-African array

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 7:21am

By converting a defunct communications dish, astronomers are breaking ground on Earth and beyond.

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Small-brained early human lived more recently than expected

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 3:21pm

Homo naledi fossils are dated to a few hundred thousand years ago, and may have overlapped with Homo sapiens .

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21961

Former US mental-health chief leaves Google for start-up

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 6:21pm

Tom Insel will help to launch a company to analyse behaviour and mental illness using smartphone data.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21976

Scientists relieved by Emmanuel Macron’s French election victory

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 2:21pm

France's next president has vowed to ring-fence research budgets and boost innovation.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21952

Science can tell us only so much about Stradivarius violins

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 12:21pm

There might be more to the reputation of these instruments than can be easily assessed with blind testing, says Philip Ball.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21954

French plan to create €5-billion science ‘super-campus’ in disarray

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 3:21pm

Proposal to create integrated research university near Paris stymied by elite institutions’ fears of losing autonomy.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21950

NIH grant limits rile biomedical research community

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 3:21pm

Scientists are split over whether limiting grant support to individuals will help young researchers or hurt collaboration.

Nature 545 142 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21949

Cell maps reveal fresh details on how the immune system fights cancer

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 12:21pm

Immune cells that encompass and invade tumours could dictate the success or failure of therapy.

Nature 545 143 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21931

Human noise in US parks threatens wildlife

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 3:21pm

Sounds of traffic and industry invade over half of protected areas.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21933

Arctic drilling, controversial reforms and new views of Saturn

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 9:21am

The week in science: 28 April–4 May 2017

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Dreams of the Stone Age dated for first time in southern Africa

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 9:21am

Ancient rock art research could piece together how the peoples who lived in the region some 5,700 years ago interacted.

Nature 545 14 doi: 10.1038/545014a

Europe’s billion-euro quantum project takes shape

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 3:21am

Scientists offer more detail on flagship programme to harness quantum effects in devices.

Nature 545 16 doi: 10.1038/545016a

The shock tactics set to shake up immunology

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 2:21am

An experimental procedure is exposing the links between the nervous and immune systems. Could it be the start of a revolution?

Nature 545 20 doi: 10.1038/545020a

NIH to limit the amount of grant money a scientist can receive

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 5:21pm

US agency creates point system to address imbalance in distribution of research funds.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21930

No researcher is too junior to fix science

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:21am

If young scientists plan to advance their careers before setting the system right, nothing will change, warns John Tregoning.

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Researchers frustrated by Italian misconduct probe

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:21am

Alfredo Fusco denies claims that his research lab hired a photo studio to manipulate images.

Nature 545 13 doi: 10.1038/545013a