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The red-hot debate about transmissible Alzheimer's

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 9:21am

A controversial study has suggested that the neurodegenerative disease might be transferred from one person to another. Now scientists are racing to find out whether that is true.

Nature 531 294 doi: 10.1038/531294a

Memories retrieved in mutant ‘Alzheimer’s’ mice

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 8:21am

Study suggests that patients with Alzheimer's disease can still form memories, raising hopes of new treatments.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19574

Dengue vaccine aces trailblazing trial

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 6:21am

Protection against virus raises hopes of vaccine development for dengue and even Zika.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19576

CRISPR: Ask us anything

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 4:21am

Join us on Reddit where we'll be talking about all things CRISPR.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19584

Turkish academics jailed for ‘making terrorism propaganda’

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 1:21pm

Arrests could be the first of many after peace petition led to 30 academics being fired.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19586

On the hunt for a mystery planet

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 12:21pm

Scientists are searching for an unseen world at the fringes of the solar system.

Nature 531 290 doi: 10.1038/531290a

What Google’s winning Go algorithm will do next

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 12:21pm

AlphaGo’s techniques could have broad uses, but moving beyond games is a challenge.

Nature 531 284 doi: 10.1038/531284a

Fermat's last theorem earns Andrew Wiles the Abel Prize

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 10:21am

Mathematician receives coveted award for solving three-century-old problem in number theory.

Nature 531 287 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19552

The Go Files: AI computer wraps up 4-1 victory against human champion

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 8:21am

Nature reports from AlphaGo's victory in Seoul.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19575

Oldest ancient-human DNA details dawn of Neanderthals

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:21pm

Sequence of 430,000-year-old DNA pushes back divergence of humans and Neanderthals.

Nature 531 296 doi: 10.1038/531286a

Peculiar pattern found in ‘random’ prime numbers

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 9:21am

Last digits of nearby primes have ‘anti-sameness’ bias.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19550

Horse-sized dinosaur sheds light on T. rex’s origins

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 3:21pm

Fossil found in Uzbekistan suggests tyrannosaurs evolved sophisticated senses before later growth spurt.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19555

High-fat diets raise risk of obesity in offspring

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 2:21pm

Study in mice suggests that behaviour of parents influences health of children through 'epigenetic' inheritance.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19556

The Go Files: AI computer clinches victory against Go champion

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:21pm

Nature reports from AlphaGo's triumph in Seoul.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19553

‘Brain doping’ may improve athletes’ performance

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 3:21pm

Electrical stimulation seems to boost endurance in preliminary studies.

Nature 531 283 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19534

Mars launch to test collaboration between Europe and Russia

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 2:21pm

Joint ExoMars mission launches lander and orbiter — a rover is planned for 2018.

Nature 531 288 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19547

NASA Mars woes could delay other planetary missions

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 1:21pm

Plan to postpone launch of InSight probe will cost agency an extra US$150 million.

Nature 531 289 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19549

'Good' cholesterol mutation linked to heart disease

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 12:21pm

Genetic study deals blow to the idea that high levels of HDL cholesterol reduce heart risk.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19543

The week in science: 4–10 March 2016

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 9:21am

Wildlife trafficking on Facebook sparks concern; grizzlies delisted as endangered; and Japanese particle accelerator starts work.

Nature 531 144 doi: 10.1038/531144a

Chinese gravitational-wave hunt hits crunch time

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 7:21am

The pressure is on to choose between several proposals for space-based detectors.

Nature 531 150 doi: 10.1038/531150a