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Nature 544, 7651 (2017). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/544398a

The week in science: 21–27 April 2017

Categories: Literature

DNA's secret weapon against knots and tangles

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 07:00

DNA's secret weapon against knots and tangles

Nature 544, 7650 (2017). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/544284a

Author: Elie Dolgin

A simple process seems to explain how massive genomes stay organized and untangled. But no one can agree on what powers it.

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Liquid-biopsies success highlights power of combining basic and clinical research

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

Liquid-biopsies success highlights power of combining basic and clinical research

Nature 544, 7651 (2017). doi:10.1038/544393a

Using free-floating DNA to detect lung cancer brings benefits to researchers and patients alike.

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Announcement: Nature journals support the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

Announcement: Nature journals support the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

Nature 544, 7651 (2017). doi:10.1038/nature.2017.21882

Nature Research will this week formally sign up to the principles outlined in the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, commonly known as DORA. Nature Research (the Nature-branded journals, Scientific Reports, Scientific Data and the Nature Partner Journals) has long been editorially aligned with

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California’s $3-billion bet on stem cells faces final test

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

California’s $3-billion bet on stem cells faces final test

Nature 544, 7651 (2017). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/544401a

Author: Amy Maxmen

Major investment in regenerative medicine enters its last stage — and the money might run out before treatments are ready.

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The next big hit in molecule Hollywood

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

The next big hit in molecule Hollywood

Nature 544, 7651 (2017). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/544408a

Author: Mark Peplow

Superfast imaging techniques are giving researchers their best views yet of what happens in the atomic world.

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Reviewers are blinkered by bibliometrics

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

Reviewers are blinkered by bibliometrics

Nature 544, 7651 (2017). doi:10.1038/544411a

Authors: Paula Stephan, Reinhilde Veugelers & Jian Wang

Science panels still rely on poor proxies to judge quality and impact. That results in risk-averse research, say Paula Stephan, Reinhilde Veugelers and Jian Wang.

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Artificial Intelligence: Chess match of the century

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

Artificial Intelligence: Chess match of the century

Nature 544, 7651 (2017). doi:10.1038/544413a

Author: Demis Hassabis

Demis Hassabis lauds Garry Kasparov's account of battling supercomputer Deep Blue.

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Psychology: Science in spite of itself

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

Psychology: Science in spite of itself

Nature 544, 7651 (2017). doi:10.1038/544414a

Author: Barbara A. Spellman

Barbara A. Spellman hails an analysis of reproducibility in psychology by a champion for change.

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Books in brief

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

Books in brief

Nature 544, 7651 (2017). doi:10.1038/544415a

Author: Barbara Kiser

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

Categories: Literature

Predatory journals: fortify the defences

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

Predatory journals: fortify the defences

Nature 544, 7651 (2017). doi:10.1038/544416a

Authors: Vinicius J. Giglio & Osmar J. Luiz

Ongoing initiatives are crucial for keeping researchers informed about predatory journals and the fraudulent strategies they use to recruit submissions (see P.Sorokowskiet al. Nature543, 481–483; 2017). For example, these journals will often add names of real

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Predatory journals: Beall's List is missed

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

Predatory journals: Beall's List is missed

Nature 544, 7651 (2017). doi:10.1038/544416b

Author: Wadim Strielkowski

Beall's List of predatory publishers, now withdrawn, was instrumental in the fight against the dubious practices of some online open-access science journals (see P.Sorokowskiet al. Nature543, 481–483; 2017). To borrow a metaphor from James Woolsey, director

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Neurosurgery: Gentler alternatives to chips in the brain

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

Neurosurgery: Gentler alternatives to chips in the brain

Nature 544, 7651 (2017). doi:10.1038/544416c

Author: Robert Ajemian

As physicians and neuroscientists, we are concerned about the clinical and scientific limitations of chip-in-the-brain technology. Until these problems are overcome, we argue that less invasive methods could be used.Implantation of an electronic chip requires opening the skull and inserting the chip into the

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Commerce: Help bigger palm oil yields to save land

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

Commerce: Help bigger palm oil yields to save land

Nature 544, 7651 (2017). doi:10.1038/544416d

Authors: Alessandro De Pinto, Keith Wiebe & Pablo Pacheco

Technological innovation in oil-palm farming could help both to boost yields of palm oil and to reduce deforestation, but only if higher productivity causes palm-oil prices to drop sufficiently to discourage additional cultivation (see Nature543, 306–308;10.1038/543306a2017). If

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Environment: An old clue to the secret of longevity

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

Environment: An old clue to the secret of longevity

Nature 544, 7651 (2017). doi:10.1038/544416e

Authors: Panagiota Pietri, Theodore Papaioannou & Christodoulos Stefanadis

Epidemiologists are seeking to identify the lifestyle and environmental factors that make the Greek inhabitants of Ikaria, a small island in the Aegean Sea, one of the world's longest-lived populations (see go.nature.com/2nzec7y and P.Pietriet al. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol.66,

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Politics: Turbulence ahead

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

Politics: Turbulence ahead

Nature 544, 7651 (2017). doi:10.1038/nj7651-509a

Author: Julia Rosen

US science faces a political storm, and early-career researchers should prepare themselves.

Categories: Literature

Harassment: University transparency

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

Harassment: University transparency

Nature 544, 7651 (2017). doi:10.1038/nj7651-511a

Australian institutions aim for open policy on sexual-assault data.

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Physics: Degrees of progress

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

Physics: Degrees of progress

Nature 544, 7651 (2017). doi:10.1038/nj7651-511b

More women than ever earn US physics PhDs.

Categories: Literature

Query, Queue, Repeat

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

Query, Queue, Repeat

Nature 544, 7651 (2017). doi:10.1038/544514a

Author: Steven Fischer

Digital dilemma.

Categories: Literature

Food security

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

Food security

Nature. doi:10.1038/544S5a

Author: Richard Hodson

Categories: Literature

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