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Cosmic rays may threaten space-weather satellite

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 12:21pm

DSCOVR’s computer may be suffering from radiation-induced glitches, months after it became the primary sentinel for incoming solar storms.

Nature 539 15 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20880

World’s largest marine reserve hailed as diplomatic breakthrough

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 9:21am

Antarctic agreement follows years of failed discussions and represents the first major conservation effort in the high seas.

Nature 539 13 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20900

Controversial head of French agricultural agency speaks out

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 9:21am

Philippe Mauguin discusses the balance between basic and applied research, a return to GM crops — and how scientists have settled down since his appointment.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20859

Martian clouds form, a frozen ship heads home and an orangutan goes climbing

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 9:21am

October’s sharpest science shots, selected by Nature ’s photo team.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20897

Climate change could flip Mediterranean lands to desert

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 9:21am

Warming beyond 2 ºC could send the region's forests moving north, and cause extensive drying.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20894

Wildlife in decline: Earth's vertebrates fall 58% in past four decades

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 9:21am

Living Planet Report predicts that by 2020, populations will have declined by two-thirds from 1970.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20898

Record-breaking common swifts fly for 10 months without landing

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 9:21am

The small birds spend most of their lives on the wing.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20873

Hungarian science spat, Kuwait’s DNA law and a transparency milestone

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 10:21am

The week in science: 21–27 October 2016

Nature 538 432 doi: 10.1038/538432a

The plight of young scientists

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 5:21am

A special issue explores how the research enterprise keeps early-career scientists from pursuing the most important work, and what can be done to help.

Nature 538 443 doi: 10.1038/538443a

Young scientists under pressure: what the data show

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 3:21am

Young researchers are having to fight harder than past generations for a smaller share of the academic pie.

Nature 538 444 doi: 10.1038/538444a

Young, talented and fed-up: scientists tell their stories

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 10:21am

Scientists starting labs say that they are under historically high pressure to publish, secure funding and earn permanent positions — leaving precious little time for actual research.

Nature 538 446 doi: 10.1038/538446a

HIV’s Patient Zero exonerated

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 8:21am

A study clarifies when HIV entered the United States and dispels the myth that one man instigated the AIDS epidemic in North America.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20877

Rio fights Zika with biggest release yet of bacteria-infected mosquitoes

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 8:21am

Wolbachia -infected mosquitoes will be widely deployed in two South American cities to combat viral infections.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20878

US mental-health chief: psychiatry must get serious about mathematics

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 6:21am

Joshua Gordon says that his focus at the National Institute of Mental Health will be on quick wins, brain circuits and mathematical rigour.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20893

Divisive campaigning damages democracy

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 5:21am

In the final days before the US election, political leaders must speak out to boost confidence in the democratic process, says Andrew Daniller.

Nature 538 429 doi: 10.1038/538429a

Scientific challenges loom for Canada’s popular prime minister

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 12:21pm

Justin Trudeau draws praise for boosting budgets and unmuzzling scientists, but tough challenges lie ahead.

Nature 538 436 doi: 10.1038/538436a

Computing glitch may have doomed Mars lander

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 12:21pm

Researchers sift through clues after Schiaparelli crash in hopes of averting mistakes in 2020 mission.

Nature 538 435 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20861

Autism study finds early intervention has lasting effects

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 10:21am

Some autism symptoms reduced in children six years after their parents receive communications training.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20862

Violence escalates at South African universities

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 10:21am

Protests over rising tuition fees have stopped classes, closed institutions and slowed research.

Nature 538 440 doi: 10.1038/538440a

Inside Microsoft’s quest for a topological quantum computer

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 10:21am

Alex Bocharov explains why the company is hoping to build qubits out of particles that some scientists think might not even exist.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20774