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Nature

Nature is the international weekly journal of science: a magazine style journal that publishes full-length research papers in all disciplines of science, as well as News and Views, reviews, news, features, commentaries, web focuses and more, covering all branches of science and how science impacts upon all aspects of society and life.
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The Vatican has produced a timely and valuable warning on the threat of climate change that will reach a wide audience.

Draft European rules governing privacy threaten to hamper medical research.

Antarctica’s apparent barrenness hides an abundance of living organisms.

Sexist comments made by my former boss Tim Hunt are not an indication that he is biased against women, argues Alessia Errico.

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

Chatter on social media highlights two instances of computers taking on human tasks — and then turns to cat videos, of course.

High seas to receive legal protection; US national-security lab appoints first woman head; and Europe’s Earth-observation satellite launches.

Genomic sequences reveal cities’ teeming masses of bacteria and viruses.

As white-nose syndrome spreads, researchers are trialling ways to stop colonies from collapsing.

Astronomers claim to spot generation that seeded Universe.

Bright galaxy thought to hold stars from generation that seeded rest of Universe.

Foundation fails to raise funds it needs for a space telescope to catalogue near-Earth objects.

Industry-funding controversies highlight lack of standards among field’s journals.

'Kennewick Man' sequencing shows Native American roots.

'Kennewick Man' sequencing points to Native American ancestry.

When the Francis Crick Institute opens in London this year, it will be Europe’s largest biomedical research centre. Can director Paul Nurse make this gamble pay off for UK science?

As researchers work out how oxytocin affects the brain, the hormone is shedding its reputation as a simple cuddle chemical.

Democratically weighing up the benefits and risks of gene editing and artificial intelligence is a political endeavour, not an academic one, says Daniel Sarewitz.

Researchers and ethicists need to see past what can seem to be gendered debates when it comes to the governance of biotechnology, says Charis Thompson.

Mark Carey examines the cautionary tale of Argentina's struggle to pass the world's first glacier-protection law.

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

Alexandra Witze watches a pair of films on asteroids — according to many, a vast accident waiting to happen.

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

Master of games and equations.

The time spent at a patient's bedside makes nurses the perfect people to pursue potent quality-of-life research.

Gaining strategic experience to build a career.

Mind games.


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 role of temperament, metabolism and development make the inheritance of addiction a complex affair.

Neuroscientists are learning how to repair neural circuits damaged by addiction.

Addiction researchers are optimistic that they can create effective medication to treat addictions. But the key question is, will pharmaceutical companies bring them to market?

To treat addiction, people need help to develop psychosocial skills in addition to taking medication, says Kenneth E. Leonard.

Giving a gift or a cash incentive to someone to give up an addiction sounds like a prize for behaving badly, but the practice works. The real challenge is deciding who should pay for it.

Ingenious pill formulations and the latest manufacturing technologies are helping to stem the tide of painkiller addiction.

More research, and dedicated funding, is needed to understand and successfully treat compulsive habits, says Marc Potenza.

Research into addiction explores many aspects of how and why this disease develops. Here are four of the toughest questions.

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.