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Nature 541, 7636 (2017). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/541138a

The week in science: 6–12 January 2017

Categories: Literature

What’s killing the world’s shorebirds?

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 07:00

What’s killing the world’s shorebirds?

Nature 541, 7635 (2017). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/541016a

Author: Margaret Munro

Researchers brave polar bears, mosquitoes and gull attacks in the Canadian Arctic to investigate an alarming die off

Categories: Literature

Fantasy politics over fetal-tissue research

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 01:00

Fantasy politics over fetal-tissue research

Nature 541, 7636 (2017). doi:10.1038/541133a

A US congressional investigation has distorted the truth about research that uses human fetal tissue — and sets a troubling precedent.

Categories: Literature

‘Nature-based solutions’ is the latest green jargon that means more than you might think

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 01:00

‘Nature-based solutions’ is the latest green jargon that means more than you might think

Nature 541, 7636 (2017). doi:10.1038/541133b

It may sound vague, but the term represents real and vital concepts.

Categories: Literature

Announcement: Nature launches five new journals for 2017

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 01:00

Announcement: Nature launches five new journals for 2017

Nature 541, 7636 (2017). doi:10.1038/541134a

Since Nature Genetics was launched in 1992, the stable of Nature research and review journals has grown significantly. This year they’ll be joined by five more — a launch rate that is unprecedented and unlikely to be repeated. These new online-only subscription journals are responding to positive

Categories: Literature

Microbiology: Bacterial explorers move fast

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 01:00

Microbiology: Bacterial explorers move fast

Nature 541, 7636 (2017). doi:10.1038/541136a

Bacteria that were long thought to be stationary are capable of rapid movement across surfaces when grown alongside yeast.Streptomyces bacteria are common in soil and generate many antibiotics. Marie Elliot at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and her colleagues cultured Streptomyces venezuelae

Categories: Literature

Physiology: How alcohol ramps up hunger signals

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 01:00

Physiology: How alcohol ramps up hunger signals

Nature 541, 7636 (2017). doi:10.1038/541136b

Brain cells that regulate appetite and feeding are activated by alcohol, offering a possible explanation for why drinking can lead to overeating.Sarah Cains at the Francis Crick Institute in London and her colleagues exposed mice to alcohol for three days and found that the

Categories: Literature

Ecology: Invasive wild pigs spread across US

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 01:00

Ecology: Invasive wild pigs spread across US

Nature 541, 7636 (2017). doi:10.1038/541136c

Eurasian wild pigs transmit disease and destroy crops in the United States, and are expected to spread throughout the country in the coming decades.The invasive wild pigs (Sus scrofa; pictured) compete with the country's native wildlife and cost the agricultural industry

Categories: Literature

Neuroscience: Age sees boost in facial recognition

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 01:00

Neuroscience: Age sees boost in facial recognition

Nature 541, 7636 (2017). doi:10.1038/541136d

The brain is thought to trim back neural connections as it develops, but scientists report that the region we rely on to recognize faces continues to increase in size into adulthood.Kalanit Grill-Spector at Stanford University in California and her colleagues measured the brains of

Categories: Literature

Cancer: 'Old' cells linked to drug side effects

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 01:00

Cancer: 'Old' cells linked to drug side effects

Nature 541, 7636 (2017). doi:10.1038/541137a

Cancer chemotherapy causes a host of side effects, and a particular group of cells that have stopped dividing could be at the root of this problem.Chemotherapy drugs cause some healthy cells to stop dividing and become senescent, and such cells are thought to promote

Categories: Literature

Biomaterials: Silk gland mimic spins strong fibres

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 01:00

Biomaterials: Silk gland mimic spins strong fibres

Nature 541, 7636 (2017). doi:10.1038/541137b

A device that recreates the conditions in spiders' silk-spinning apparatus has produced 1,000 metres of material that is tougher than other spun artificial spider silks.Anna Rising and Jan Johansson at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala and their colleagues used the bacterium

Categories: Literature

Medical devices: Mini machines deliver drugs

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 01:00

Medical devices: Mini machines deliver drugs

Nature 541, 7636 (2017). doi:10.1038/541137c

A small device with moving parts can release drugs and be wirelessly controlled after being placed in the body.Sau Yin Chin and Samuel Sia at Columbia University in New York and their colleagues used biocompatible hydrogels to build the device, which is just over

Categories: Literature

Conservation: Effects of wildlife trade mapped

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 01:00

Conservation: Effects of wildlife trade mapped

Nature 541, 7636 (2017). doi:10.1038/541137d

Global maps that show where the impact of consumer demand for wildlife is felt most strongly could help to guide conservation spending and priorities.Daniel Moran at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and Keiichiro Kanemoto at Shinshu University in Matsumoto, Japan,

Categories: Literature

Planetary science: Many collisions made the Moon

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 01:00

Planetary science: Many collisions made the Moon

Nature 541, 7636 (2017). doi:10.1038/541137e

The Moon may have been formed not from one big cosmic smash, as the leading theory holds, but from multiple smaller collisions.Billions of years ago in the early Solar System, space debris would have collided with the young Earth. Using computer simulations, a team

Categories: Literature

Deceptive curcumin offers cautionary tale for chemists

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 01:00

Deceptive curcumin offers cautionary tale for chemists

Nature 541, 7636 (2017). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/541144a

Author: Monya Baker

Spice extract dupes assays and leads some drug hunters astray.

Categories: Literature

Brexit offers rare chance to make Britain greener

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 01:00

Brexit offers rare chance to make Britain greener

Nature 541, 7636 (2017). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/541145a

Author: Daniel Cressey

Environmental scientists plan to push for policy changes but are nervous about losing current protections.

Categories: Literature

Behind New Zealand’s wild plan to purge all pests

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 01:00

Behind New Zealand’s wild plan to purge all pests

Nature 541, 7636 (2017). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/541148a

Author: Brian Owens

The country is gearing up to get rid of rats, possums, stoats and other invasive predators by 2050. Is it a pipe dream?

Categories: Literature

Chemistry: The hidden war

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 01:00

Chemistry: The hidden war

Nature 541, 7636 (2017). doi:10.1038/541154a

Author: Paul A. Lombardo

Paul A. Lombardo applauds a shocking study detailing the Allies' Second World War experimentation with chemical weapons on their own troops.

Categories: Literature

Books in brief

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 01:00

Books in brief

Nature 541, 7636 (2017). doi:10.1038/541155a

Author: Barbara Kiser

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

Categories: Literature

Neuroscience: The risks of reading the brain

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 01:00

Neuroscience: The risks of reading the brain

Nature 541, 7636 (2017). doi:10.1038/541156a

Author: Russell Poldrack

Russell Poldrack assesses a primer on the implications of advances in brain imaging.

Categories: Literature

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