Nature : News (28)

Zimbabwe's researchers hope political change will revitalize science

Academics optimistic that the end of Robert Mugabe's authoritarian rule could boost research and international collaboration.

Nobel laureates demand release of Iranian scholar facing death sentence

Letter from Nobel prizewinners denounces plight of Ahmadreza Djalali.

AI-controlled brain implants for mood disorders tested in people

Researchers funded by the US military are developing appliances to record neural activity and automatically stimulate the brain to treat mental illness.

Lightning makes new isotopes

Physicists show that thunderstorms trigger nuclear reactions in the atmosphere.

Black academics soon to outnumber white researchers in South Africa

Legacy of apartheid means academia has remained largely white.

Hungary rewards highly cited scientists with bonus grants

Some top researchers prosper in Hungary as country tries to improve its international standing in science.

Online software spots genetic errors in cancer papers

Tool to scrutinize research papers identifies mistakes in gene sequences.

UK government announces research-spending hike ahead of budget

Pledge to raise country's public research funding to £12.5 billion in 2021–22.

Exoplanet hunters rethink search for alien life

Astronomers expand ideas of how chemistry and geology could affect chances for life on other worlds.

Sex matters in experiments on party drug — in mice

Ketamine lifts rodents' mood only if administered by male researchers.

Arecibo telescope wins reprieve from US government

National Science Foundation will look for partners to provide extra financial support for Puerto Rico facility.

Giant telescope's mobile-phone 'dead zones' rile South African residents

Sensitive radio dishes of the Square Kilometre Array will affect phone reception — and could harm local economies, say farmers.

Arecibo telescope wins reprieve from US government

National Science Foundation will look for partners to provide additional financial support for Puerto Rico facility.

What countries' constitutions reveal about how societies evolve

Analyses of governing documents from 194 countries could help people fighting for human and environmental rights.

Europe sets priorities for hunting cosmic particles

Club of physics funding agencies pushes for projects including a neutrino observatory in the Mediterranean Sea.

Improved diagnostics fail to halt the rise of tuberculosis

TB remains a big killer despite the development of a better test for detecting the disease.

Hazy skies cool down Pluto

Complex chemistry in the dwarf planet's upper atmosphere may explain one of its biggest mysteries.

African scientists get their own open-access publishing platform

Venture will launch next year and seeks to strengthen continent's science by helping academics share work more quickly.

Puerto Rico struggles to assess hurricane's health effects

While dealing with their own losses, public-health researchers are regrouping to study the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

China fires up next-generation neutron-science facility

Beam generator puts country in elite company for doing experiments in materials science and other fields.

Lab mice's ancestral 'Eve' gets her genome sequenced

Effort aims to help scientists understand how generations of inbreeding have altered the genetics of research rodents.

Archaeologists say human-evolution study used stolen bone

Bizarre tale of theft and suspicious packages casts doubt on claims for early-human occupation in northern Europe.

World's carbon emissions set to spike by 2% in 2017

Increased coal use in China appears to be driving the first increase in global greenhouse-gas output since 2014.

High-jumping beetle inspires agile robots

Machines could get themselves out of a sticky spot, thanks to an insect that can right itself without using its legs.

World's carbon emissions set to spike by 2% in 2017

Increased coal use in China appears to drive the first increase in global greenhouse-gas output since 2014.

Resurrected malaria strategy saves thousands of lives in Africa

Pre-emptively treating kids for malaria is working, despite logistical challenges.

South Africa tackles crime at sea with ship-spotting satellites

Automated vessel-tracking system aims to spy poachers and smugglers.

Physicists shrink plans for next major collider

Large Hadron Collider's failure to detect new particles beyond the Higgs has eroded the case for Japan's proposed linear accelerator.