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Meet the soft, cuddly robots of the future

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Meet the soft, cuddly robots of the future

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/530024a

Author: Helen Shen

Rigid robots step aside — a new generation of squishy, stretchy machines is wiggling our way.

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Green growth

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:00

Green growth

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). doi:10.1038/530006a

US policymakers must set aside their divisions and give climate research a much-needed boost.

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Better together

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:00

Better together

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). doi:10.1038/530006b

The European Union has its issues, but a Brexit could spell problems for science.

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Climate science: UK floods tied to climate change

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:00

Climate science: UK floods tied to climate change

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). doi:10.1038/530008a

The risk of extreme winter rainstorms in southern England, such as those that caused widespread flooding in January 2014, has increased as a result of climate warming.Harnessing spare processing time on volunteers' personal computers, Nathalie Schaller and Neil Massey at the University of Oxford,

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Astrobiology: Fungus survives simulated Mars

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:00

Astrobiology: Fungus survives simulated Mars

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). doi:10.1038/530008b

A small percentage of fungal cells were still able to divide after exposure to Mars-like conditions aboard the International Space Station.Dried samples of the Antarctic-dwelling black fungi Cryomyces antarcticus and Cryomyces minteri, which live inside rocks, were exposed for 18 months to

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Animal behaviour: Colour signals octopus fight

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:00

Animal behaviour: Colour signals octopus fight

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). doi:10.1038/530008c

Octopuses use body colour and posture to communicate to others during aggressive encounters, suggesting that they are more social than previously thought.Octopuses are considered to be more solitary animals than many squid or cuttlefish. David Scheel of Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage and his

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Metabolism: On–off switch for obesity

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:00

Metabolism: On–off switch for obesity

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). doi:10.1038/530008d

Genetically identical mice either become obese or stay lean because of differences in how a specific set of genes is regulated.J. Andrew Pospisilik at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg, Germany, and his colleagues studied mice with a mutation in

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Conservation: A map of threats from alien species

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:00

Conservation: A map of threats from alien species

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). doi:10.1038/530008e

Australia, the Americas and India are among the global hotspots where animals are most threatened by invasive species.Ecologists debate the extent to which biodiversity is threatened by non-native species compared to threats from land-use change and other factors. To explore this, Céline Bellard at

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Microbiology: What makes Listeria deadly

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:00

Microbiology: What makes Listeria deadly

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). doi:10.1038/530009a

A group of six genes causes some strains of a foodborne bacterium to become highly dangerous, or virulent.Listeria monocytogenes (pictured) can be found in many foods, including unpasteurized milk, and can cause miscarriage in pregnant women or kill infected people if

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Astronomy: Widest-known planetary orbit

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:00

Astronomy: Widest-known planetary orbit

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). doi:10.1038/530009b

A planet takes 900,000 years to orbit its star, with the two objects separated by a distance almost 7,000 times that between Earth and the Sun.Niall Deacon at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, UK, and his colleagues found that the previously known star

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Geophysics: Unnatural shaking in California

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:00

Geophysics: Unnatural shaking in California

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). doi:10.1038/530009c

Oil and gas exploration could be triggering earthquakes in California, where natural quakes might mask the induced ones.The injection of millions of litres of wastewater into underground oil and gas reserves has been linked to earthquakes around the world, including in central parts of

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Ecology: Bat cave choice affects disease

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:00

Ecology: Bat cave choice affects disease

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). doi:10.1038/530009d

The susceptibility of bats to a deadly disease is influenced by the humidity of the caves in which they hibernate.White-nose syndrome, which has killed millions of bats in North America, is caused by infection with the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans. The disease is thought

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Microbial ecology: Archaea revealed from genomes

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:00

Microbial ecology: Archaea revealed from genomes

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). doi:10.1038/530009e

Researchers have pieced together the genomes of a newly identified group of single-celled organisms, unearthing clues about their metabolism.Archaea are different from bacteria and are generally less studied. To find new, uncultured archaea, Brett Baker at the University of Texas at Austin in Port

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The week in science: 29 January–4 February 2016

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:00

The week in science: 29 January–4 February 2016

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/530010a

GM fish flip-flop; Earth’s crust drilled; and stem-cell scandal memoirs published.

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Academics across Europe join ‘Brexit’ debate

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:00

Academics across Europe join ‘Brexit’ debate

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/530015a

Author: Daniel Cressey

If the United Kingdom leaves the EU, researchers throughout the bloc will feel the effects.

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Reproducibility: A tragedy of errors

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:00

Reproducibility: A tragedy of errors

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). doi:10.1038/530027a

Authors: David B. Allison, Andrew W. Brown, Brandon J. George & Kathryn A. Kaiser

Mistakes in peer-reviewed papers are easy to find but hard to fix, report David B. Allison and colleagues.

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Imaging: Medical modernist

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:00

Imaging: Medical modernist

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). doi:10.1038/530030a

Author: Thomas Schnalke

Thomas Schnalke extols the dual genius of pathology sculptor and abstract artist Adolf Fleischmann.

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Architecture: The Crick Institute unpeeled

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:00

Architecture: The Crick Institute unpeeled

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). doi:10.1038/530032a

Author: Ewen Callaway

Ewen Callaway finds smart design fostering collaboration at London's biology super-lab.

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Biodiversity law: Mauritius culls threatened fruit bats

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:00

Biodiversity law: Mauritius culls threatened fruit bats

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). doi:10.1038/530033a

Author: F. B. Vincent Florens

Mauritius has culled at least 20,000 flying foxes (Pteropus niger), the island's last surviving native species of fruit bat, in an attempt to reduce damage to lychee and mango crops. Ironically, this cull was justified on the basis of a law enacted in

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Gene editing: Edited plants should not be patented

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:00

Gene editing: Edited plants should not be patented

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). doi:10.1038/530033b

Authors: John R. Porter, Jean-Louis Durand & Taline Elmayan

The development of genetically edited crops and plants raises another conundrum — that of intellectual-property protection (see Nature528, 319–32010.1038/528319a (2015) and Nature529, 26510.1038/nature.2015.17961 (2016)). We suggest that, in the

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