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Magic-mushroom drug lifts depression in first human trial

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:21am

Researchers' long fight to test psilocybin's safety finally yields fruit.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19919

Social-sciences preprint server snapped up by publishing giant Elsevier

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:21am

The Social Science Research Network says that it will continue to offer free submissions and downloads under its new owner.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19932

Mirror-image enzyme copies looking-glass DNA

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:21am

Synthetic polymerase is a small step along the way to mirrored life forms.

Nature 533 303 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19918

Underwater archaeologists unearth ancient butchering site

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 6:21am

Tools and bones from Florida could put to rest the ‘Clovis-first’ theory of America’s colonization.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19913

Hunt for Big Bang gravitational waves gets $40 million boost

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:21am

The nonprofit Simons Foundation will fund a new observatory to search for signs of stretching in the very early universe.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19914

White House goes big on microbiome research

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 8:21am

US government and private investors team up for proposed effort to study Earth’s microbes.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19915

Building blocks for 'RNA world' made from simple ingredients

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 8:21am

Chemical assembly bolsters theory that life might have begun with RNA.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19901

LHC for quasiparticles reveals material secrets

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 7:21am

Electron and holes smashed together inside a crystal.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19904

Digital badges motivate scientists to share data

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 6:21am

A simple signal may incentivize researchers to make data and materials publicly available.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19907

Demotion of science ministry angers beleaguered Brazilian researchers

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 1:21am

New President Michel Temer — who replaces impeached Dilma Rousseff — is fusing the science and telecommunications ministries. 

Nature 533 301 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19910

Human-embryo editing now covered by stem-cell guidelines

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 1:21am

Stem-cell scientists attempt to fend off the need for government regulation that could impede research.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19909

The pressure to publish pushes down quality

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 12:21pm

Scientists must publish less, says Daniel Sarewitz, or good research will be swamped by the ever-increasing volume of poor work.

Nature 533 147 doi: 10.1038/533147a

The week in science: 6–12 May 2016

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 10:21am

Mercury crosses the face of the Sun; effects of society on sleep; and the world’s longest insect.

Nature 533 150 doi: 10.1038/533150a

Low-cost headsets boost virtual reality’s lab appeal

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 10:21am

A wave of user-friendly devices is making the technology an attractive research tool.

Nature 533 153 doi: 10.1038/533153a

Gene variants linked to success at school prove divisive

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 8:21am

Huge study uncovers 74 genetic markers that influence the number of years spent in education.

Nature 533 154 doi: 10.1038/533154a

Row over proposed Italian biomedical centre intensifies

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:21am

Document submitted to the Italian Senate criticizes institute that will oversee a €1.5-billion project.

Nature 533 158 doi: 10.1038/533158a

How to hack the hackers: The human side of cybercrime

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 1:21am

As cyberattacks grow ever more sophisticated, those who defend against them are embracing behavioural science and economics to understand both the perpetrators and their victims.

Nature 533 164 doi: 10.1038/533164a

Biologists struggle with push to eliminate radioactive caesium in labs

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 10:21am

Scientists fear that security-driven switch to X-ray irradiators will harm their research.

Nature 533 156 doi: 10.1038/533156a

The spectrum of sex development: Eric Vilain and the intersex controversy

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 2:21pm

The geneticist built a career studying aspects of sex that make some people uncomfortable. Now things are getting uncomfortable for him.

Nature 533 160 doi: 10.1038/533160a

Kepler spacecraft rakes in nearly 1,300 planets

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 1:21pm

New statistical method quickly checks the status of planetary candidates.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19903