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Brazil's scientists start street protests against ministry merger

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 12:21pm

But politicians say that restoring a stand-alone science ministry is unlikely.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20071

First rodent found with a human-like menstrual cycle

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 3:21am

The spiny mouse could one day aid studies of women's reproductive problems.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20072

Gene editing can drive science to openness

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 2:21pm

The fast-moving field of gene-drive research provides an opportunity to rewrite the rules of the science, says Kevin Esvelt.

Nature 534 153 doi: 10.1038/534153a

Google moves closer to a universal quantum computer

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:21am

Combining the best of analog and digital approaches could yield a full-scale multipurpose quantum computer.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20032

‘Hobbit’ relatives found after ten-year hunt

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:21am

Jaw and teeth discovered in Indonesia are triumph for team that almost gave up hope.

Nature 534 164 doi: 10.1038/534164a

The week in science: 3–9 June 2016

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:21am

Gravitational-wave observatory passes technology test; gunman kills engineering professor in California; and Egypt’s bullied students and professors get international recognition.

Nature 534 156 doi: 10.1038/534156a

Can Delhi save itself from its toxic air?

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:21am

India’s capital city scrambles to tackle its epic pollution problems.

Nature 534 166 doi: 10.1038/534166a

Fast-spreading genetic mutations pose ecological risk

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 5:21am

US science academies advise caution in experimenting with gene drives.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20053

Four new element names proposed for periodic table

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 4:21am

Welcome nihonium, moscovium, tennessine and oganesson.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20069

Fairer way to distribute last-ditch drugs gets real-world trial

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 1:21pm

With drug companies’ policies hard to decipher, frustrated patients often resort to social-media campaigns and other public appeals.

Nature 534 160 doi: 10.1038/534160a

Muddled meanings hamper efforts to fix reproducibility crisis

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 12:21pm

Researchers tease out different definitions of a crucial scientific term.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20076

The man who can map the chemicals all over your body

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:21am

Pieter Dorrestein uses mass spectrometry to eavesdrop on the molecular conversations between microbes and their world.

Nature 534 170 doi: 10.1038/534170a

Massive ocean-observing project launches — despite turmoil

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:21am

Network of deep-water observatories streams data in real time.

Nature 534 159 doi: 10.1038/534159a

Electric eels leap from water in shock video

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 8:21am

Defensive electrocution added to annals of electric fish behaviour.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20038

‘Zombie volcano’ slowly grows beneath New Zealand

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 8:21am

Molten rock accumulates in a magma chamber outside the North Island’s main volcanoes.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20023

CRISPR gene-editing system unleashed on RNA

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 3:21pm

Cutting tool could be used to study RNA's role in disease.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20030

UK government slammed for losing track of its own research

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:21pm

Government can't say how many policy studies it paid for or published, report reveals.

Nature 534 164 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20022

Ancient genomes suggest dual origin for modern dogs

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 10:21am

Man's best friend may have been domesticated twice — at different sites.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20027

Plan to synthesize human genome triggers mixed response

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 4:21am

Some admire project's ambition; others say that it hasn't justified its aims.

Nature 534 163 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20028

The developing world needs basic research too

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 1:21pm

The establishment of an agency in Indonesia that will support 'frontier research' is a welcome development, argues Dyna Rochmyaningsih.

Nature 534 7 doi: 10.1038/534007a