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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.

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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

How to hack the hackers: The human side of cybercrime

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 1:21am

As cyberattacks grow ever more sophisticated, those who defend against them are embracing behavioural science and economics to understand both the perpetrators and their victims.

Nature 533 164 doi: 10.1038/533164a

Biologists struggle with push to eliminate radioactive caesium in labs

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 10:21am

Scientists fear that security-driven switch to X-ray irradiators will harm their research.

Nature 533 156 doi: 10.1038/533156a

The spectrum of sex development: Eric Vilain and the intersex controversy

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 2:21pm

The geneticist built a career studying aspects of sex that make some people uncomfortable. Now things are getting uncomfortable for him.

Nature 533 160 doi: 10.1038/533160a

Kepler spacecraft rakes in nearly 1,300 planets

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 1:21pm

New statistical method quickly checks the status of planetary candidates.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19903

Strange seaweed rewrites history of green plants

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 6:21am

Ancient alga developed large size and complex structure independently of other plants.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19863

Open-access index delists thousands of journals

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 2:21pm

Many publications did not reapply after leading directory tightened its quality criteria.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19871

NASA jet gets a sniff of pollution over South Korea

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 2:21pm

Nature rides along on an international research mission to sample South Korean air quality.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19875

Transparent film smoothes sagging skin back into shape

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 2:21pm

Silicone polymer mimics youthful elasticity of skin.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19876

France’s research minister lays out his priorities

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:21am

Thierry Mandon on cutting red tape, French researchers’ self-effacement and shaking up social science.

Nature 533 157 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19868

Intricate animal and flower tattoos found on Egyptian mummy

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 9:21am

Scholars excited by depiction of actual objects on the body of a 3,000-year-old woman.

Nature 533 155 doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19864

Human embryos grown in lab for longer than ever before

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 1:21pm

Embryos cultured for up to 13 days after fertilization open a window into early development.

Nature 533 15 doi: 10.1038/533015a

The week in science: 29 April–5 May 2016

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 1:21pm

New Mars missions shape up; Nobel laureate passes away; and a marten stops the world’s biggest science experiment.

Nature 533 12 doi: 10.1038/533012a

US and China eye up European gravitational-wave mission

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 1:21pm

Space-based detector draws interest, but regulatory hurdles might complicate a partnership.

Nature 533 19 doi: 10.1038/533019a