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Hundreds of antibiotics built from scratch

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 1:21pm

Chemists generate variations on erythromycin in ‘daring’ synthesis.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19946

Teach students the biology of their time

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 12:21pm

An experiment in genetics education reveals how Mendel’s legacy holds back the teaching of science, says Gregory Radick.

Nature 533 293 doi: 10.1038/533293a

Scientists track last 2,000 years of British evolution

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 1:21pm

Technique tested on Britons' genomes provides first look at human genetic adaptation over the past 2,000 years.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19917

Genome reveals why giraffes have long necks

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:21am

Scientists spot mutations that could explain how giraffes became the world’s tallest living mammals.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19931

Magic-mushroom drug lifts depression in first human trial

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:21am

Researchers' long fight to test psilocybin's safety finally yields fruit.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19919

Social-sciences preprint server snapped up by publishing giant Elsevier

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:21am

The Social Science Research Network says that it will continue to offer free submissions and downloads under its new owner.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19932

Mirror-image enzyme copies looking-glass DNA

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:21am

Synthetic polymerase is a small step along the way to mirrored life forms.

Nature 533 303 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19918

Underwater archaeologists unearth ancient butchering site

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 6:21am

Tools and bones from Florida could put to rest the ‘Clovis-first’ theory of America’s colonization.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19913

Hunt for Big Bang gravitational waves gets $40 million boost

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:21am

The nonprofit Simons Foundation will fund a new observatory to search for signs of stretching in the very early universe.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19914

White House goes big on microbiome research

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 8:21am

US government and private investors team up for proposed effort to study Earth’s microbes.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19915

Building blocks for 'RNA world' made from simple ingredients

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 8:21am

Chemical assembly bolsters theory that life might have begun with RNA.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19901

LHC for quasiparticles reveals material secrets

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 7:21am

Electron and holes smashed together inside a crystal.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19904

Digital badges motivate scientists to share data

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 6:21am

A simple signal may incentivize researchers to make data and materials publicly available.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19907

Demotion of science ministry angers beleaguered Brazilian researchers

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 1:21am

New President Michel Temer — who replaces impeached Dilma Rousseff — is fusing the science and telecommunications ministries. 

Nature 533 301 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19910

Human-embryo editing now covered by stem-cell guidelines

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 1:21am

Stem-cell scientists attempt to fend off the need for government regulation that could impede research.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19909

The pressure to publish pushes down quality

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 12:21pm

Scientists must publish less, says Daniel Sarewitz, or good research will be swamped by the ever-increasing volume of poor work.

Nature 533 147 doi: 10.1038/533147a

The week in science: 6–12 May 2016

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 10:21am

Mercury crosses the face of the Sun; effects of society on sleep; and the world’s longest insect.

Nature 533 150 doi: 10.1038/533150a

Low-cost headsets boost virtual reality’s lab appeal

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 10:21am

A wave of user-friendly devices is making the technology an attractive research tool.

Nature 533 153 doi: 10.1038/533153a

Gene variants linked to success at school prove divisive

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 8:21am

Huge study uncovers 74 genetic markers that influence the number of years spent in education.

Nature 533 154 doi: 10.1038/533154a

Row over proposed Italian biomedical centre intensifies

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:21am

Document submitted to the Italian Senate criticizes institute that will oversee a €1.5-billion project.

Nature 533 158 doi: 10.1038/533158a