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The sparrow with four sexes

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 8:21am

Elaina Tuttle spent her life trying to understand the bizarre chromosome evolution of a common bird — until tragedy struck.

Nature 539 482 doi: 10.1038/539482a

UK scientists excited by surprise £2-billion government windfall

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 2:21pm

Cash to include fund modelled on DARPA, the US defence department’s research arm — but how much will go to basic research is unclear.

Nature 540 16 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21038

Updated: NgAgo gene-editing controversy escalates in peer-reviewed papers

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 2:21pm

String of publications describes attempts — mostly unsuccessful — to use proposed CRISPR rival.

Nature 540 20 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21023

Failed Alzheimer’s trial does not kill leading theory of disease

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 1:21pm

The drug, and others based on the ‘amyloid hypothesis’, are still being tested in other, different trials.

Nature 540 15 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21045

Stand firm on hormone disruptors

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:21pm

Ahead of a key meeting on endocrine-disrupting chemicals, Leonardo Trasande argues that policy must follow the science.

Nature 539 469 doi: 10.1038/539469a

First Middle Eastern X-ray factory readies for action

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 10:21am

SESAME project is set to revolutionize science in the region but is strapped for cash.

Nature 539 475 doi: 10.1038/539475a

Immigrant and minority scientists shaken by Trump win

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 8:21am

Worries include job prospects, discrimination — and safety.

Nature 539 476 doi: 10.1038/539476a

External brain stimulation goes deep

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:21am

Applying electrical currents to mouse skulls suggests method to activate remote regions in the brain without the need for surgery.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21020

Peer-review 'heroes' do lion's share of the work

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 5:21pm

Imbalance exists even though supply of reviewers outstrips demand, study suggests.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21031

Cautious welcome for UK government's vague £2-billion research pledge

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:21pm

Questions remain around commitment to boost science investment.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21022

Geneticists hope to unlock secrets of bats’ complex sounds

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 8:21am

Project to sequence the DNA of more than 1,000 species seeks to reveal how bats learn to communicate.

Nature 539 481 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20997

Brazil’s scientists battle to escape 20-year funding freeze

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 8:21am

Cap at current spending levels could spell ‘end of science in Brazil’, researchers say.

Nature 539 480 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21014

UK politicians demand Brexit guarantee for EU scientists

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 8:21am

Influential committee says researchers need assurances that they can stay after UK leaves European Union.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21015

Long-sought signal deepens mystery of fast radio bursts

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 1:21pm

A discovery that was supposed to help reveal how the bursts arise only thickens the plot.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20993

Rock core from dinosaur-killing impact reveals how enormous craters form

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 4:21pm

Drilling into Mexico’s Chicxulub basin also finds shattered rock where underground life could thrive.

Nature 539 478 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20994

Laser used to control mouse's brain — and speed up milkshake consumption

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 1:21pm

The ability to control very small groups of neurons could have big implications for brain science.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20995

Argentina president's first budget angers scientists

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 8:21am

Researchers chafe at spending cuts and fear a brain drain.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21013

Carbon dioxide emissions still stable, bird flu in Europe and LIGO restarts

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 5:21am

The week in science: 11–17 November 2016.

Nature 539 334 doi: 10.1038/539334a

How much longer can Antarctica’s hostile ocean delay global warming?

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 2:21am

The waters of the Southern Ocean have absorbed much of the excess heat and carbon generated by humanity.

Nature 539 346 doi: 10.1038/539346a

The mathematics of science's broken reward system

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 1:21pm

Theoretical models of how science works provide valuable insights, says Philip Ball.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20987