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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

Argentina’s researchers occupy science ministry

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 8:21am

Young scientists angry at budget cuts say they have been denied permanent jobs.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21242

Scientists in Germany, Peru and Taiwan to lose access to Elsevier journals

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 6:21am

Libraries pursue alternative delivery routes after licence negotiations break down.

Nature 541 13 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21223

2017 sneak peek: What the new year holds for science

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 6:21am

Expect researchers to glimpse an event horizon, continue striving for quantum supremacy and brace themselves for a political hangover.

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Fatal French clinical trial failed to check data before raising drug dose

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 2:21pm

Revelation from drug firm Bial prompts criticism from pharmacologists.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21190

Bat banter is surprisingly nuanced

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:21am

The racket that Egyptian fruit bats make when jammed next to each other contains information about food, sleeping arrangements and mating attempts.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21215

Brain scan hints at first simple test for concussion

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 12:21pm

Small study suggests long-sought biological marker for brain injuries.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21227

Ice-age paintings, eczema drug and a Principia first edition

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 4:21pm

The week in science: 16–22 December 2016.

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Peaceful European Union starts to fund military research

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 2:21pm

Shift in focus comes in response to a changing world order and the threat of terrorism.

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‘Gene drive’ moratorium shot down at UN biodiversity meeting

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 12:21pm

Freeze on genetic technology would have been a disaster, say scientists, but activists plan to renew the fight.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21216

Swiss scientists to regain full access to EU research programmes

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 11:21am

Political compromise settles immigration row that could have severed Swiss–EU research agreements.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21225