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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

Bats are global reservoir for deadly coronaviruses

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

Finding could help researchers to better predict where these viruses are likely to make the jump from animals to people.

Nature 546 340 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22137

Shining a light on the dark corners of the web

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 9:21am

Cybercrime researcher Gianluca Stringhini explains how he studies hate speech and fake news on the underground network 4chan.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22128

Ecologists warn of Japanese badger cull 'crisis'

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 7:21am

Population crash feared amid a fad for badger meat.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22131

UK scientists hope for softened Brexit after shock election result

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 4:21am

Conservative party loses majority but aims to form government.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22138

Text-mining tool seeks out ‘hidden data’

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:21pm

Wide-Open checks that the data sets underlying published studies are made freely available.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22132

NIH scraps plans for cap on research grants

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 9:21am

Agency plans to set up a separate fund for early- to mid-career investigators to help lower average age of NIH grantees.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22136

US exits Paris, Jupiter’s new moons and the biggest prize in science

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:21am

The week in science: 2–8 June 2017.

Nature 546 190 doi: 10.1038/546190a

Italy rebuked for failure to prevent olive-tree tragedy

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 9:21am

European Commission reveals widespread delays by the country’s authorities to halt spread of deadly plant disease.

Nature 546 193 doi: 10.1038/546193a

The mathematicians who want to save democracy

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 2:21pm

With algorithms in hand, scientists are looking to make elections in the United States more representative.

Nature 546 200 doi: 10.1038/546200a

Hubble sees light bending around nearby star

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 12:21pm

Rare astronomical observation shows effects of relativity.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22108

Oldest Homo sapiens fossil claim rewrites our species' history

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:21am

Remains from Morocco dated to 315,000 years ago push back our species' origins by 100,000 years — and suggest we didn't evolve only in East Africa.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22114

Physicists have finally created a 2D magnet

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 9:21am

Just one atom thick, the magnet will allow researchers to perform previously impossible experiments.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22115

United States revives space-policy council after 24-year absence

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 3:21am

US vice-president to head group overseeing civilian and military space activities.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22130

NASA’s dark-energy probe faces cost crisis

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 8:21am

Space agency takes a hard look at plans for its next big space observatory.

Nature 546 195 doi: 10.1038/546195a

AI summit aims to help world’s poorest

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:21pm

United Nations meeting hopes to focus artificial intelligence on sustainable development goals.

Nature 546 196 doi: 10.1038/546196a

Romania’s science reforms prompt boycott

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 9:21am

Researchers refuse to sit on evaluation panels after government bans international participation.

Nature 546 197 doi: 10.1038/546197a