Nature : News (26)

Anglers' online boasts reveal illegal shark hunting

Researchers fear sport fishing is a serious threat to endangered species — but study of Internet forum also finds awareness of environmental issues.

Supernova's messy birth casts doubt on reliability of astronomical yardstick

Brightness of exploding stars may vary more than researchers realized.

Opioid emergency, climate language and a frozen fruit cake

The week in science: 11–17 August 2017.

California scientists push to create massive climate-research programme

Effort backed by the state's flagship universities comes as US President Donald Trump shrugs off global warming.

China's embrace of embryo selection raises thorny questions

Fertility centres are making a massive push to increase preimplantation genetic diagnosis in a bid to eradicate certain diseases.

China launches brain-imaging factory

Hub aims to make industrial-scale high-resolution brain mapping a standard tool for neuroscience

Why 14 ecology labs teamed up to watch grass grow

Multi-lab efforts point the way to shoring up the reliability of field studies.

A little democracy could go a long way

The Middle East is freezing out Qatar. A science academy could help — and would set an important precedent for the region, says Ehsan Masood.

Ecologists protest Australia's plans to cut funding for environment-monitoring network

Scientists say the move will reduce the country's capacity to predict future ecosystem changes.

Artificial intelligence identifies plant species for science

Deep-learning methods successfully classify thousands of herbarium samples.

Stop hoarding ancient bones, plead archaeologists

Scientists call for wider access to rare samples rich in DNA.

US biomedical-research facilities unprepared for attacks and natural disasters

Science panel says institutions need to do more to prevent and mitigate damage to research equipment and animals.

Massive El Niño sent greenhouse-gas emissions soaring

Disruptive weather pattern in 2014–2016 spurred tropical forests to pump out 3 billion tonnes of carbon.

Sea snakes lose their stripes to deal with pollution

Melanin pigment in darkened skin binds to pollutants and helps animals rid themselves of chemicals.

US biomedical research facilities still unprepared for natural disasters and attacks

Science panel says institutions need to do more to prevent and mitigate damage to research equipment and animals.

How to map the circuits that define us

Neuroscientists want to understand how tangles of neurons produce complex behaviours, but even the simplest networks defy understanding.

Thousands across India march in support of science

Inspired by global demonstrations, protesters demand respect for research.

Telescope protest, GM salmon and a giant 'dead zone'

The week in science: 4–10 August 2017.

Mysteries of Sun's corona on view during upcoming eclipse

From ground, sky and space, researchers are ready to test latest technologies on the Great American Eclipse.

Science in the shadows: eclipse offers scientists new views of Sun's corona

From ground, sky and space, researchers are ready to test latest technologies on the Great American Eclipse.

Citizen scientists chase total solar eclipse

Non-scientists are being recruited to collect data on everything from the Sun's outer atmosphere to animal behaviour.

Insomnia linked to premature birth in study of 3 million mothers

Women with sleep disorders were about twice as likely to deliver babies more than six weeks early.

Commit to talks on patient data and public health

Gene-edited embryos are exciting, but the truly urgent conversations concern genomic medicine, says Vivienne Parry.

Home-grown scientists step up to save Africa's primates

Scientific network aims to train a generation of African leaders in primate research.

Half of papers searched for online are free to read

Large study of open research analysed reader data from Unpaywall tool, which finds freely available versions of articles.

First genetically engineered salmon sold in Canada

US firm AquaBounty Technologies says that its transgenic fish has hit the market after a 25-year wait.