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Reward the forgotten foot soldiers of science
Nature 535, 7612 (2016). doi:10.1038/535323a
The story of CRISPR–Cas9 gene editing has tended to focus on a few key players. But, as with any area of basic research, it takes a small army of talented researchers to make a discovery.
Marine science: Shark-tracking study shapes marine park
Nature 535, 7612 (2016). doi:10.1038/535326a
Monitoring the movements of sharks can help researchers to advise on the areas best served by marine reserves.In the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, a proposed marine protected area has been designed to safeguard mainly turtles and coral reefs. To see how well it
Nuclear forensics: Reconstruction of 1945 nuclear test
Nature 535, 7612 (2016). doi:10.1038/535326b
By measuring concentrations of stable isotopes in bomb debris, researchers have worked out the details of a nuclear test performed 70 years ago.Scientists have long debated the efficiency and yield of the first atomic bomb, called Trinity, which was detonated in 1945 in New
Neuroscience: Brain can retrieve baby memories
Nature 535, 7612 (2016). doi:10.1038/535326c
'Lost' infant memories can be reinstated later in life, thanks to specific mechanisms in the hippocampus, the brain's memory centre.Humans and other animals are often unable to recall early-life events, but these experiences can still affect the brain and behaviour later in life. To
Genomics: Mitochondrial mismatch in mice
Nature 535, 7612 (2016). doi:10.1038/535326d
Mouse embryos containing DNA from three animals may not survive gestation, and those that do could go on to develop reproductive problems — a finding with potential implications for a proposed human therapy.Energy-producing cell organelles called mitochondria carry their own DNA, which when mutated
Materials: Shape-shifters made with a snap
Nature 535, 7612 (2016). doi:10.1038/535327a
Materials that include a modular system of hinges have been used to build shape-shifting structures.Current methods can make reconfigurable structures with only a limited number of stable forms. To make such materials more versatile, Lorenzo Valdevit of the University of California, Irvine, and his
Ocean science: Microscope can see under the sea
Nature 535, 7612 (2016). doi:10.1038/535327b
An underwater microscope allows researchers to capture behaviours of corals and other marine organisms in their native habitats.Andrew Mullen at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, and his colleagues designed a system (pictured left) that divers can use to
Nanotechnology: Chlorine atom arrays store data
Nature 535, 7612 (2016). doi:10.1038/535327c
A device that uses arrangements of atoms to encode and store information has orders of magnitude more capacity than current hard drives.Sander Otte at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and his colleagues assembled arrays of chlorine atoms on a nanometre-sized copper surface.
Behavioural ecology: Bees like their pollen sweet
Nature 535, 7612 (2016). doi:10.1038/535327d
Bees can taste the pollen they collect, and favour the sweet kind.Felicity Muth and her colleagues at the University of Nevada in Reno offered bumblebees (Bombus impatiens) an artificial flower containing one of three types of pollen — sweet, bitter or unflavoured.
Neurodegeneration: ALS gene linked to autoimmunity
Nature 535, 7612 (2016). doi:10.1038/535327e
A gene that is often mutated in people with a neurodegenerative disease may help to keep immune responses in check.Mutations in the C9ORF72 gene are commonly found in people with motor neuron disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), as well as
The week in science: 15–21 July 2016
Nature 535, 7612 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/535328a
Turkey purges all university deans after failed coup; engineered mosquitos show apparent success against dengue; and Romania joins CERN.
South China Sea ruling sparks conservation fears
Nature 535, 7612 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/535334a
Author: David Cyranoski
Court decision escalates tensions in ecologically sensitive region, but may also push nations to cooperate.
The bicycle problem that nearly broke mathematics
Nature 535, 7612 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/535338a
Author: Brendan Borrell
Jim Papadopoulos has spent a lifetime pondering the maths of bikes in motion. Now his work has found fresh momentum.
The unsung heroes of CRISPR
Nature 535, 7612 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/535342a
Author: Heidi Ledford
The soaring popularity of gene editing has made celebrities of the principal investigators who pioneered the field — but their graduate students and postdocs are often overlooked.
Stop the privatization of health data
Nature 535, 7612 (2016). doi:10.1038/535345a
Authors: John T. Wilbanks & Eric J. Topol
Tech giants moving into health may widen inequalities and harm research, unless people can access and share their data, warn John T. Wilbanks and Eric J. Topol.
European football: Goals change crowd air chemistry
Nature 535, 7612 (2016). doi:10.1038/535355a
Authors: Christof Stönner & Jonathan Williams
During live public screenings of the 2016 UEFA European Championships, the emission rates of particular chemicals in the audience's breath vary sharply — apparently in response to events on the football pitch.Football matches induce fans to roar in jubilation, hold their breath in suspense