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On a downer

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

On a downer

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). doi:10.1038/532413b

The United Nations has chosen to keep the war on drugs going — but it can’t win.

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Biden time

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

Biden time

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). doi:10.1038/532414a

The US vice-president’s cancer project is winning hearts and minds.

Categories: Literature

Botany: Plant 'bleeds' nectar from wounds

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

Botany: Plant 'bleeds' nectar from wounds

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). doi:10.1038/532416a

The sugary drops that form on the edges of wounds in a particular plant species have been identified as nectar, which attracts the enemies of leaf-eating pests.Plants usually heal wounds quickly, but injuries to the bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) do not close

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Agroecology: Feed the world and keep the trees

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

Agroecology: Feed the world and keep the trees

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). doi:10.1038/532416b

A worldwide switch to vegetarian diets could allow the planet's estimated 2050 population of 9.7 billion to feed themselves without cutting down any more forests.Karl-Heinz Erb and his colleagues at the University of Klagenfurt in Vienna created a model of the global agricultural system

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Astronomy: Dwarf dark galaxy leaves smudge

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

Astronomy: Dwarf dark galaxy leaves smudge

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). doi:10.1038/532416c

Astronomers have found an elusive type of miniature galaxy.Dwarf galaxies formed out of dark matter in the early Universe, but only a small number have been detected. Yashar Hezaveh of Stanford University in California and his colleagues studied images taken by the high-resolution Atacama

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Neuroscience: Brain may keep watch at night

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

Neuroscience: Brain may keep watch at night

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). doi:10.1038/532416d

Differences in brain activity between the left and right hemispheres may explain why people often sleep poorly in new environments.Yuka Sasaki at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and her colleagues imaged the brains of people sleeping in an unfamiliar setting, and measured slow-wave

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Disease ecology: Map reveals global Zika risk

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

Disease ecology: Map reveals global Zika risk

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). doi:10.1038/532417a

More than 2.17 billion people around the world live in habitats suitable for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is currently spreading in Central and South America.Women infected with Zika virus when pregnant are at increased risk of giving birth to infants with microcephaly, which

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Physics: Cold coffee beans grind smaller

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

Physics: Cold coffee beans grind smaller

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). doi:10.1038/532417b

Roasted coffee beans that are ground when cold give smaller particles than those ground at room temperature, which could affect the drink's flavour.Christopher Hendon at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and his colleagues ground coffee beans (grinding burr pictured) and measured

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Genetics: 'Wellderly' secrets revealed

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

Genetics: 'Wellderly' secrets revealed

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). doi:10.1038/532417c

A key to healthy ageing could be genetic protection against cognitive decline.Eric Topol and Ali Torkamani of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, California, and their colleagues sequenced and analysed the genomes of more than 500 disease-free people over the age of

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Metabolism: New hormone regulates glucose

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

Metabolism: New hormone regulates glucose

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). doi:10.1038/532417d

Researchers have discovered a hormone that modulates the rapid release of glucose and insulin into the bloodstream in between meals.Atul Chopra at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and his colleagues found that levels of the protein hormone — which they called asprosin

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Neuroscience: How old age limits adaptability

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

Neuroscience: How old age limits adaptability

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). doi:10.1038/532417e

Altered activity in two brain regions could explain why older animals struggle to adapt to changes in their environment.Previous research has shown that a circuit connecting the thalamus and striatum helps animals to adapt their previous learning to a change in conditions. Jesus Bertran-Gonzalez

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The week in science: 22–28 April 2016

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

The week in science: 22–28 April 2016

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/532418a

Paris climate deal signed; NIH clinical trials suspended; and duplicated images found in thousands of biology papers.

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Devastating wheat fungus appears in Asia for first time

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

Devastating wheat fungus appears in Asia for first time

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/532421a

Author: Ewen Callaway

Scientists race to determine origin of  Bangladesh outbreak, which they warn could spread farther afield.

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Scientists worry as cancer moonshots multiply

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

Scientists worry as cancer moonshots multiply

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/532424a

Author: Erika Check Hayden

Fears rise that US government and private funders are working at cross purposes.

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The quiet revolutionary: How the co-discovery of CRISPR explosively changed Emmanuelle Charpentier’s life

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

The quiet revolutionary: How the co-discovery of CRISPR explosively changed Emmanuelle Charpentier’s life

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/532432a

Author: Alison Abbott

The microbiologist spent years moving labs and relishing solitude. Then her work on gene-editing thrust her into the scientific spotlight.

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Technology: Beyond the 'InterNyet'

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

Technology: Beyond the 'InterNyet'

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). doi:10.1038/532438a

Author: Michael D. Gordin

Michael D. Gordin reviews a history of the Soviets' failed national computer network.

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Books in brief

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

Books in brief

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). doi:10.1038/532439a

Author: Barbara Kiser

Barbara Kiser reviews five of the week's best science picks.

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Zoology: In the museum with Roosevelt

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

Zoology: In the museum with Roosevelt

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). doi:10.1038/532440a

Author: Michael Ross Canfield

Michael Ross Canfield enjoys a chronicle of the statesman's natural-history legacy.

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Palaeontology: Benefits of trade in amber fossils

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

Palaeontology: Benefits of trade in amber fossils

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). doi:10.1038/532441a

Authors: Jun Chen, Bo Wang & Edmund A. Jarzembowski

Amber of great palaeontological significance is flowing into China's jewellery market, fuelling a trade that dates back some 13,000 years. Ironically, banning this trade could be more damaging to science than letting it continue.Fossiliferous ambers are being extensively destroyed by mining activity. The renowned

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Portugal: Postdoc rights need not hurt productivity

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00

Portugal: Postdoc rights need not hurt productivity

Nature 532, 7600 (2016). doi:10.1038/532441b

Author: Nuno Cerca

Portugal's government is on the verge of a historic process, recognizing at last that postdoctoral researchers should have the same rights as the rest of the country's workforce (see go.nature.com/famkkn; in Portuguese). In defiance of European Union practice, more than 90% of these early-career

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