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Zika and birth defects: what we know and what we don’t

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 9:21am

Experts fear a major epidemic of Zika-linked birth defects, but can't yet be sure.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19596

Biological specimen troves threatened by funding pause

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 1:21pm

Decision by US National Science Foundation could hamper research on conservation biology, climate change and invasive species.

Nature 531 561 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19599

Transgenic zebrafish forms technicolour 'skinbow'

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 1:21pm

Fluorescent proteins used to track individual skin cells in real time.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19615

What China’s latest five-year plan means for science

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 2:21pm

Oceanography, brain science and stem cells among research fields that look set to grow.

Nature 531 524 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19590

South Korea trumpets $860-million AI fund after AlphaGo 'shock'

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 2:21pm

Historic win by Google DeepMind's Go-playing program has South Korean government playing catch-up on artificial intelligence.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19595

Weird and wonderful Pluto spills its secrets

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 9:21am

Data from NASA’s New Horizons mission begin to reveal the stories behind the dwarf planet's complex geology.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19585

Hints of new LHC particle get slightly stronger

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 6:21am

One fresh analysis keeps alive physicists’ hope for a breakthrough, but another is disappointing.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19589

The week in science: 11–17 March 2016

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 11:21am

Tilikum has incurable lung disease; UK scientists want to stay in the EU; and WHO holds emergency mosquito-control meeting.

Nature 531 280 doi: 10.1038/531280a

The elephant in the room we can’t ignore

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 11:21am

If Donald Trump were to trigger a crisis in Western democracy, scientists would need to look at their part in its downfall, says Colin Macilwain.

Nature 531 277 doi: 10.1038/531277a

The red-hot debate about transmissible Alzheimer's

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 9:21am

A controversial study has suggested that the neurodegenerative disease might be transferred from one person to another. Now scientists are racing to find out whether that is true.

Nature 531 294 doi: 10.1038/531294a

Memories retrieved in mutant ‘Alzheimer’s’ mice

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 8:21am

Study suggests that patients with Alzheimer's disease can still form memories, raising hopes of new treatments.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19574

Dengue vaccine aces trailblazing trial

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 6:21am

Protection against virus raises hopes of vaccine development for dengue and even Zika.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19576

CRISPR: Ask us anything

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 4:21am

Join us on Reddit where we'll be talking about all things CRISPR.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19584

Turkish academics jailed for ‘making terrorism propaganda’

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 1:21pm

Arrests could be the first of many after peace petition led to 30 academics being fired.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19586

On the hunt for a mystery planet

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 12:21pm

Scientists are searching for an unseen world at the fringes of the solar system.

Nature 531 290 doi: 10.1038/531290a

What Google’s winning Go algorithm will do next

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 12:21pm

AlphaGo’s techniques could have broad uses, but moving beyond games is a challenge.

Nature 531 284 doi: 10.1038/531284a

Fermat's last theorem earns Andrew Wiles the Abel Prize

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 10:21am

Mathematician receives coveted award for solving three-century-old problem in number theory.

Nature 531 287 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19552

The Go Files: AI computer wraps up 4-1 victory against human champion

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 8:21am

Nature reports from AlphaGo's victory in Seoul.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19575

Oldest ancient-human DNA details dawn of Neanderthals

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:21pm

Sequence of 430,000-year-old DNA pushes back divergence of humans and Neanderthals.

Nature 531 296 doi: 10.1038/531286a

Peculiar pattern found in ‘random’ prime numbers

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 9:21am

Last digits of nearby primes have ‘anti-sameness’ bias.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19550