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US energy agency strengthens protections for scientists

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:21am

Revised scientific-integrity policy gives researchers more leeway to speak to the press and publish their findings.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21290

Trump nominee backs Paris climate agreement and questions Iran nuclear deal

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 2:21am

But Rex Tillerson, Trump’s pick for secretary of state, tells senators that efforts to predict climate change are ‘very limited’.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21291

Where science and nonsense collide

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 10:21am

After a decade of progress, Argentina’s scientists are battling a government bent on twisting public conceptions of their role, writes Alberto Kornblihtt.

Nature 541 135 doi: 10.1038/541135a

Chinese AI company plans to mine health data faster than rivals

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:21am

iCarbonX believes its cutting-edge partners and generous funding give it the upper hand.

Nature 541 141 doi: 10.1038/541141a

Legendary radio telescope hangs in the balance

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 2:21pm

US National Science Foundation looks to slash funding for Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory.

Nature 541 143 doi: 10.1038/541143a

Ancient retroviruses emerged half a billion years ago

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:21am

This group of viruses is hundreds of millions of years older than previously thought.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21274

Spinning toy reinvented as low-tech centrifuge

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:21am

Hand-powered device can process blood samples and separate out parasites such as those that cause malaria.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21273

Brexit vote drives UK academics to think about leaving

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 1:21pm

Many researchers also object to proposed higher-education reforms, says survey.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21259

Gene-edited cows, rogue clinics, speedier drug approvals: the challenges facing Trump's FDA chief

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 1:21pm

The agency's next leader will have an opportunity to reshape its approach to regulation.

Nature 541 146 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21256

Hubble telescope maps Voyager probes’ cosmic road trip

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

Analysis reveals the gas clouds that the far-flung spacecraft will encounter.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21261

Hunters lived on Tibetan plateau thousands of years earlier than thought

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 9:21am

Genetic and archaeological evidence points to pre-agricultural residents of the 'roof of the world'.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21255

Scientists should not resign themselves to Brexit

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 6:21am

Leaving the European Union is not yet a done deal, and UK researchers must look past a pay-off and take a stand, says Colin Macilwain.

Nature 541 6 doi: 10.1038/541006a

China’s ivory ban, spine-disease drug and dark-matter pioneer dies

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 2:21pm

The week in science.

Nature 541 7 doi: 10.1038/541007a

What’s killing the world’s shorebirds?

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 9:21am

Researchers brave polar bears, mosquitoes and gull attacks in the Canadian Arctic to investigate an alarming die off

Nature 541 16 doi: 10.1038/541016a

NASA sets sights on asteroid exploration

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 7:21am

Agency plans to launch a mission to visit the Trojan asteroids in 2021, and one to the metallic asteroid Psyche in 2023.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21234

Mysterious cosmic radio blasts traced to surprising source

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 6:21am

Repeating bursts come from a faint, distant dwarf galaxy.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21235

Google reveals secret test of AI bot to beat top Go players

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:21am

Updated version of DeepMind's AlphaGo program behind mystery online competitor.

Nature 541 142 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21253

US scientists fear new restrictions on fetal-tissue research

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 11:21am

House Republicans conclude that tissue from aborted fetuses is of limited value for research and seek to reduce funding.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21254

Quantum computers ready to leap out of the lab in 2017

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 11:21am

Google, Microsoft and a host of labs and start-ups are racing to turn scientific curiosities into working machines.

Nature 541 9 doi: 10.1038/541009a

3D ocean map tracks ecosystems in unprecedented detail

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 10:21am

Tool to divide water masses into precise categories can help in conservation planning.

Nature 541 10 doi: 10.1038/541010a