Nature : News (36)

Jellyfish caught snoozing give clues to origin of sleep

The brainless marine creatures are the simplest organisms known to seek slumber.

High-energy cosmic rays come from outside our Galaxy

Giant observatory announces long-awaited result.

United Kingdom sees dip in European research applications after Brexit vote

But overall data don't show a big impact on UK's involvement with European science.

Fossilized poo reveals that vegetarian dinosaurs had a taste for crabs

Ancient crustaceans in dino dung from Utah illuminate herbivores' broad diet.

CRISPR used to peer into human embryos' first days

Gene-edited embryos enable researchers to unpick role of a crucial gene, with more studies likely to follow.

Snow leopards, ancient zero and Cassini's big finish

The week in science: 15–21 September 2017.

How the Internet of cells has biologists buzzing

Networks of nanotubes may allow cells to share everything from infections and cancer to dementia-linked proteins.

Sexual competition among ducks wreaks havoc on penis size

When forced to compete for mates, some birds develop longer penises and others almost nothing at all.

Marine scientists allege Japan has blocked researchers from joining South Korean ship

Controversy over vessel's name may impede oceanographic collaboration.

Sharks can live a lot longer than researchers realized

Errors in past studies could undermine conservation plans.

Pair of deadly Mexico quakes puzzles scientists

Latest big tremor could be linked to major earthquake earlier this month.

'One-size-fits-all' threshold for P values under fire

Scientists hit back at a proposal to make it tougher to call findings statistically significant.

Researchers unite in quest for 'standard model' of the brain

Modelled on big physics projects, the International Brain Lab will bring together some of the world's pre-eminent neuroscientists to probe a single behaviour.

Limiting global warming to 1.5 °C may still be possible

Analysis suggests that researchers have underestimated how much carbon humanity can emit before reaching this level of warming.

CRISPR reveals genetic master switches behind butterfly wing patterns

One gene draws the lines while a second fills in the colours.

Statues that perpetuate lies should not stand

Monuments to the 'father of gynaecology' cannot be defended as historical documents because they hide grave injustices, says Harriet A. Washington.

Cassini crashes into Saturn — but could still deliver big discoveries

Data from spacecraft could help determine the age of Saturn's rings and the persistence of its magnetic field.

The big questions about Saturn that doomed Cassini mission may yet answer

Data from spacecraft could help determine the age of Saturn's rings and the persistence of its magnetic field.

Seismologists stumped by mystery shock after North Korean nuclear test

A second jolt felt minutes after this month's detonation continues to confound researchers.

Scientists' sexual-harassment case sparks protests at University of Rochester

Researchers who worked with Florian Jaeger have filed a complaint with the US government after the university cleared his name.

Hurricane havoc, deep-ocean floats and Mexico's fatal quake

The week in science: 8–14 September 2017.

The new economy of excrement

Entrepreneurs are finding profits turning human waste into fertiliser, fuel and even food.

UK gender-equality scheme spreads across the world

The United States is set to trial a version that will also cover race and disability, while other countries have already embraced the voluntary rating system.

Faculty promotion must assess reproducibility

Research institutions should explicitly seek job candidates who can be frankly self-critical of their work, says Jeffrey Flier.

Jordan seeks to become an oasis of water-saving technology

As strains on the desert nation's supply increase, scientists collaborate on projects to keep water flowing.

Wallaby milk acts as a placenta for babies

Gene-expression analysis suggests that marsupial placentas take two different forms.

Global fingerprints of sea-level rise revealed by satellites

Geological processes send more meltwater from glaciers and ice sheets to Earth's mid-latitudes.

Deadly Mexico earthquake had unusual cause

US Geological Survey says tremor was within the Cocos Plate, not at the plate boundary.

Deadly Mexico earthquake had unusual cause

US Geological Survey says tremor within Cocos Plate, not at the plate boundary.

Deadly Mexico earthquake had unusual cause

US Geological Survey says tremor originated within Cocos Plate, not subduction zone.

Geneticists pan paper that claims to predict a person's face from their DNA

Reviewers and a co-author of a paper by genomics entrepreneur Craig Venter claim that it misrepresents the risks of public access to genome data.

South Korean researchers lobby government to lift human-embryo restrictions

Regulations are deterring research that could lead to disease treatments, say scientists.

Bats slam into buildings because they can't 'see' them

Smooth, vertical structures such as steel and glass buildings appear invisible to bats' echolocation system.

Illegitimate journals scam even senior scientists

Kelly Cobey has seen a litany of researchers preyed on by predatory journals — and has ideas on how to stop it.

Massive genetic study shows how humans are evolving

Analysis of 215,000 people's DNA suggests variants that shorten life are being selected against.

Researchers riled by lack of detail in Brexit science plans

UK government document fails to extinguish concerns over funding and migration.