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Dear highly-esteemed expert: how to cope with academic spam

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 9:21am

Researchers who tested intervention to reduce spam say ‘Get familiar with the delete button.’

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21158

Incredibly thin Arctic sea ice shocks researchers

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 5:21am

Rare winter expedition near northern Norway finds weak ice that is increasingly vulnerable to storms.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21163

Is Donald Trump pushing more scientists towards political activism?

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 5:21am

Researchers are reaching out to the US president-elect with science advice — and criticism.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21130

Algorithms compete to predict recipe for cancer vaccine

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 5:21am

How to rouse the immune system against tumours has proved elusive.

Nature 540 328 doi: 10.1038/540328a

Best features of 2016

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 4:21am

A selection of the best and most popular long reads from Nature this year.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21162

What Trump’s pick for secretary of state could mean for climate policy

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 2:21am

ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson draws scepticism and scorn — but looks progressive compared with other Trump selections.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21153

LHC scientists bring conference to deported physicist

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 6:21pm

Colleagues travel to visit Adlène Hicheur, who by renouncing French citizenship will soon have his house arrest lifted.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21155

Trump's pick for energy secretary once sought to eliminate DOE

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 12:21pm

Former Texas governor Rick Perry lacks the technical background of the agency's recent leaders.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21160

Simply studying populism is no longer enough

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 12:21pm

Sociologist Matthijs Rooduijn explains why the darkening political mood must force academics to step up and choose sides.

Nature 540 317 doi: 10.1038/540317a

Brexit by the numbers: the fear of brain drain

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 11:21am

Evidence to parliamentary inquiry puts some figures on the uncertainty hanging over EU university staff.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21142

LIGO black hole echoes hint at general-relativity breakdown

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 9:21am

Gravitational-wave data show tentative signs of firewalls or other exotic physics.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21135

Italian scientists won’t miss departing Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 8:21am

Italy’s youngest leader failed to walk the talk when it came to boosting research, academics say.

Nature 540 324 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21139

Fingernail absolves lead poisoning in death of Arctic explorer

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 5:21pm

Analysis of nail points to zinc deficiency as culprit in 170-year-old mystery.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21128

Does it matter if Donald Trump has a science adviser?

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 2:21pm

His plans for the job are a mystery, but past presidents have used their chief scientific aide in a number of ways.

Nature 540 327 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21129

Controversial impact factor gets a heavyweight rival

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:21am

Elsevier’s CiteScore uses a larger database — and provides different results for the quality of journals.

Nature 540 325 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21131

Graphene-spiked Silly Putty picks up human pulse

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:21am

'G-putty' is so sensitive that it can track even the steps of a small spider.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21133

Military research, arXiv's overhaul and four new element names

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 7:21am

The week in science: 2–8 December 2016

Nature 540 174 doi: 10.1038/540174a

North America’s oldest mummy returned to US tribe after genome sequencing

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 2:21am

DNA proves Native American roots of 10,600-year-old skeleton.

Nature 540 178 doi: 10.1038/540178a

Mexico proposal to ban human-embryo research would stifle science

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 6:21pm

Researchers in the country have only just started using homegrown human embryonic stem cells

Nature 540 180 doi: 10.1038/540180a

What DNA reveals about St Helena’s freed slaves

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 5:21pm

Investigation of a 150-year-old burial site is helping to unlock the mysteries of one of humanity’s darkest chapters.

Nature 540 184 doi: 10.1038/540184a