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Cancer therapy: an evolved approach

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 8:21am

Tumours are subject to the same rules of natural selection as any other living thing. Clinicians are now putting that knowledge to use.

Nature 532 166 doi: 10.1038/532166a

First paralysed person to be 'reanimated' offers neuroscience insights

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 6:21am

Technique moves man's arm by decoding his thoughts and electrically stimulating his own muscles.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19749

Billionaire backs plan to send pint-sized starships beyond the Solar System

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 3:21pm

$100-million initiative would be proof of concept for high-speed galactic travel.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19750

Rescued Japanese spacecraft delivers first results from Venus

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:21pm

Streaked acidic clouds and a bow shape in the atmosphere are among Akatsuki’s findings.

Nature 532 157 doi: 10.1038/532157a

Gene-editing surges as US rethinks regulations

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:21pm

Committee begins study to guide oversight of modified organisms.

Nature 532 158 doi: 10.1038/532158a

Measurement of Universe's expansion rate creates cosmological puzzle

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 10:21am

Discrepancy between observations could point to new physics.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19715

Brain scans reveal how LSD affects consciousness

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 11:21am

Drug researcher David Nutt discusses brain-imaging studies with hallucinogens.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19727

Mystery factors protect lucky few from severe genetic disorders

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 11:21am

Massive genomic study picks up disease-linked mutations in otherwise healthy people.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19719

Kepler spacecraft in emergency mode

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 11:21am

NASA engineers work to recover the telescope on the eve of a new type of planet search.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19720

Second Chinese team reports gene editing in human embryos

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:21am

Study used CRISPR technology to introduce HIV-resistance mutation into embryos.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19718

How one lab challenged a grant rejection and won €5 million

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:21am

A British scientist successfully appealed against an unfavourable grant review — but the road to victory can be paved with challenges.

Nature 532 159 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19714

HIV overcomes CRISPR gene-editing attack

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:21am

Virus can quickly develop mutations that resist attack by DNA-shearing enzymes.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19712

Door-to-door canvassing reduces transphobia

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 9:21am

A simple, non-judgemental chat can lessen prejudice towards transgender people.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19713

The week in science: 1–7 April 2016

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 8:21am

Ebola emergency over; ice wall to contain Fukushima leak; and ET search begins.

Nature 532 10 doi: 10.1038/532010a

Negotiations to tame marine Wild West begin

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 5:21am

Nations debate how to protect biodiversity in the high seas.

Nature 532 18 doi: 10.1038/532018a

Mental health: There’s an app for that

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 5:21am

Smartphone apps claim to help conditions from addiction to schizophrenia, but few have been thoroughly tested.

Nature 532 20 doi: 10.1038/532020a

Snow-sensing fleet to unlock water's icy secrets

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 5:21am

Airborne experiments aim to fill in the blanks of global water resources as the climate changes.

Nature 532 17 doi: 10.1038/532017a

Mysterious antidepressant target reveals its shape

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 3:21am

But questions about the role of brain chemistry in depression may prevent the findings from spurring drug development.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19711

Recognize the value of social science

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 12:21pm

A professional body for UK social scientists can help to improve research practice — and not just in public engagement, says Andrew Webster.

Nature 532 7 doi: 10.1038/532007a

Trump’s immigration stance stokes fears for science

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:21am

Rhetoric in US presidential campaign concerns researchers — particularly Muslims.

Nature 532 13 doi: 10.1038/532013a