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DNA analysis of seized ivory suggests that elephants have been poached at high rates in just two regions in Africa.Samuel Wasser at the University of Washington in Seattle and his team studied genetic material from 28 large ivory seizures between 1996 and 2014 to
Increasing temperatures could boost electricity demand and costs over the next several decades, if warming continues unabated.James McFarland at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC and his team analysed rising temperature trends and climate policies from 2015 to 2050 using three electricity-sector
By turning on a particular gene, researchers have made colon-cancer cells in mice revert back to normal ones.Scott Lowe at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and his colleagues engineered mice so that they could use a small RNA molecule to
A single-atom-thick mesh of carbon can protect living animal cells from being damaged under an electron microscope, and could lead to better cell images.Tissue samples are typically dried and chemically treated to protect them from the vacuum of electron microscopes, but this kills cells
Researchers have made a film of a molecule's structural changes during a chemical reaction.A team led by Michael Minitti at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California, used a powerful free-electron laser to fire ultrafast X-ray pulses at the ring structure of
Kangaroos that use two legs to jump have a strong preference for which hand they use to scratch themselves, suggesting that pronounced handedness is not uniquely human.Yegor Malashichev of Saint Petersburg State University, Russia, and his team observed seven species of marsupial (including kangaroos)
Electrically charged particles stream away from Saturn's moon Titan, escaping into space in a similar way to Earth's polar atmosphere.Titan's thick hydrocarbon haze is unique in the Solar System. Andrew Coates of University College London and his colleagues used the Cassini spacecraft to detect
An island off the coast of Chile lurched upward during earthquakes in 1835 and 2010, but subsided in between. Such events provide a rare look at how Earth's crustal plates respond throughout an entire earthquake cycle.Just after the 1835 quake, Robert FitzRoy of the
The number of plant species in a California grassland area has dropped since 2000 as the area has become more arid — an indication of how such ecosystems might respond to climate change.Susan Harrison and her colleagues at the University of California, Davis, monitored
Philanthropist Dmitry Zimin is closing down his successful Dynasty Foundation — modern Russia's first private science-funding organization — after the Ministry of Justice fined it for being a “foreign agent” (see Nature521, 273;10.1038/521273a2015). Like many other Russian scientists, we
Your ranking of India's top ten institutions, scored by the number of research papers in the Scopus citation database over the past five years, is distorted by the exceptionally large number of citations attracted by papers with hundreds of authors (see Nature521, 142
Researchers' priorities for improving science in India should include a commitment to assess the social impacts of new technologies in the Indian context (see Nature521, 151–155;10.1038/521151a2015).Big dams and atomic-energy programmes offered solutions to many of India's
Two reports of scientific misconduct were publicly released around 19 May this year, relating to work by graduate student Michael LaCour at the University of California, Los Angeles, and by surgeon Paolo Macchiarini at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute (see Nature521, 406–407;
Iranian physicians in North America faced an unsettling constraint this month. Between 29 May and 5 June, the US Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) stopped processing requests to verify credentials issued by Iranian institutions, pending clarification of restrictions on interactions between US and
Addiction is a devastating disease that alters the brain's circuitry, notably in young adults. But the changes need not be permanent: improved understanding of them will help in developing ways to lessen the burden. By Margaret Munro. See a Nature Video at go.nature.com/e1gqkk.
The News story 'US “export rules” threaten research' (Nature522, 266–267; 2015
) should have said that information developed through fundamental research — rather than all unclassified information — is considered to be in the public domain.