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Solar System survey casts doubt on mysterious 'Planet Nine'

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 1:21pm

Orbits of four newfound objects show no signs of gravitational pull from proposed giant planet.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22177

US court grants Elsevier millions in damages from Sci-Hub

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 1:21pm

Some doubt that the publishing giant will see any money from the pirate site.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22196

New journal blacklist, palm-oil ban and the world’s top supercomputers

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 5:21am

The week in science: 16–22 June 2017.

Nature 546 456 doi: 10.1038/546456a

China’s genomics giant to make stock-market debut

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 5:21pm

Once the world's biggest DNA sequencer for research, BGI is now looking to medical applications to boost profits.

Nature 546 461 doi: 10.1038/546461

The fight to save thousands of lives with sea-floor sensors

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 2:21pm

Geophysicists are ramping up their efforts to monitor major undersea faults for movement, and search for signs of the next catastrophic quake.

Nature 546 466 doi: 10.1038/546466a

Modified viruses deliver death to antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 1:21pm

Engineered microbes turn a bacterium's immune response against itself using CRISPR.

Nature 546 586 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22173

A year on, Brexit brings lessons in uncertainty

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 11:21am

It is more important to understand the electorate than to make predictions about the outcome of elections, says Jane Green.

Nature 546 453 doi: 10.1038/546453a

China cracks down on fake peer reviews

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:21am

Funding agencies announce harsh penalties and stronger policing efforts.

Nature 546 464 doi: 10.1038/546464a

Teeth tell tale of hippo’s quick spread across Africa

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 7:21am

Fossils from ancient hippo ancestor suggest that grass helped the animals to conquer a continent.

Nature 546 462 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22168

Ancient oak's youthful genome surprises biologists

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 6:21am

DNA of 234-year-old tree has few mutations, giving weight to idea that plants protect their stem cells.

Nature 546 460 doi: 10.1038/546460a

Macron consolidates electoral victory

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 5:21am

The party of France’s recently elected president won an absolute majority in its first general elections, with an agenda that included strong support for research.

Nature 546 459 doi: 10.1038/549459a

Biologists debate how to license preprints

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:21am

Flood of online manuscripts generates confusion about terms for distribution and reuse.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22161

Swipe right for science: Papr app is ‘Tinder for preprints’

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 8:21am

App lets researchers rate life-sciences abstracts by swiping across a screen.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22163

China's quantum satellite clears major hurdle on way to ultrasecure communications

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 1:21pm

Probe sends entangled photons — which could underpin quantum-based data encryption — over unprecedented distance.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22142

Let Trump claim a better deal on climate

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:21am

If we can stomach it, a ‘renegotiation’ of the Paris Agreement could help us all, says Elliot Diringer.

Nature 546 329 doi: 10.1038/546329a

Plutonium accident, ancient amber and a call to climate scientists

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:21am

The week in science: 9–15 June 2017.

Nature 546 332 doi: 10.1038/546332a

Eye-opening picture of fetal immune system emerges

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:21pm

Human fetuses have an immune system that acts differently from the adult version.

Nature 546 335 doi: 10.1038/546335a

The ‘time machine’ reconstructing ancient Venice’s social networks

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:21am

Machine-learning project will analyse 1,000 years of maps and manuscripts from the floating city's golden age.

Nature 546 341 doi: 10.1038/546341a

US mental-health agency’s push for basic research has slashed support for clinical trials

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:21am

Analysis reveals that the number of clinical trials funded by the National Institute of Mental Health has fallen by 45% since the agency began to focus on the biological roots of disease.

Nature 546 339 doi: 10.1038/546338a

Resistance to last-ditch antibiotic has spread farther than anticipated

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:21am

Emergence of colistin resistance in farm animals around the world takes researchers by surprise.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22140