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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

Fat fuels cancer’s spread in mice

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

Dietary needs of these wandering cells could prove to be their Achilles heel.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21092

Greenland once lost nearly all its ice — and could again

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 10:21am

Two studies illuminate how the northern ice sheet waxed and waned over millions of years.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21098

Stopgap spending bill leaves US scientists in limbo

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 9:21am

Proposal would keep funding flat for most research agencies, but cuts could come early next year.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21112

Trump’s pick for environment agency chief sued government over climate rules

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 2:21pm

Oklahoma attorney-general Scott Pruitt has sought to reverse federal limits on greenhouse-gas emissions and air pollution.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21127

Take the time and effort to correct misinformation

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 12:21pm

Scientists should challenge online falsehoods and inaccuracies — and harness the collective power of the Internet to fight back, argues Phil Williamson.

Nature 540 171 doi: 10.1038/540171a

CRISPR heavyweights battle in US patent court

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 10:21am

The University of California, Berkeley, and the Broad Institute are vying for lucrative rights to the gene-editing system.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21101

Researchers baffled by nationalist surge

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 10:21am

Economic woes wrought by globalization are only part of the cause.

Nature 540 182 doi: 10.1038/540182a

Parkour robot bounces off walls to gain height

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 1:21pm

One-legged machine reloads its springs fast enough to perform jumps in quick succession.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21102

Black-hole fireworks win big in multimillion-dollar science prizes

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 1:21pm

Breakthrough awards announce winners in physics, life sciences and mathematics.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21087

Sacking of prominent geoscientist rocks community

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 11:21am

Researchers criticize University of Copenhagen for firing Hans Thybo on apparently "flimsy" grounds.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.21095