New paper calls into question Marcus theory (1992 Nobel)

A widely-assumed principle of chemical reactivity is that, for elementary reactions, higher activation barriers lead to slower reactions. Here, the authors show that some intramolecular electron transfer processes become faster as their apparent activation energies increase, cont … | Continue reading


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The amyloid hypothesis on trial

As the development of treatments for Alzheimer’s disease continues to stumble, is it time for researchers to broaden their list of the condition’s potential causes? | Continue reading


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Milky Way’s black hole provides long-sought test of Einsteins general relativity

An observation decades in the making confirms predictions about how light behaves in an immense gravitational field. | Continue reading


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An intercross population study reveals genes associated with size/color in ducks

Ducks, one of the most common domestic fowls, originated from mallards. Here, the authors perform whole-genome sequencing of mallards, indigenous-breed ducks, and Pekin ducks, as well as 1026 ducks from a population generated by wild × domestic crosses to identify selection signa … | Continue reading


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Gene discovery and polygenic prediction from a genome-wide association study

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CRISPR plants now subject to tough GM laws in European Union

Top court’s ruling threatens research on gene-edited crops in European Union. | Continue reading


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Ten years left to redesign lithium-ion batteries

Reserves of cobalt and nickel used in electric-vehicle cells will not meet future demand. Refocus research to find new electrodes based on common elements such as iron and silicon, urge Kostiantyn Turcheniuk and colleagues. | Continue reading


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Scientists perfect technique to boost capacity of computer storage 1000 fold

Manipulation at the atomic scale comes with a trade-off between simplicity and thermal stability. Here, Achal et al. demonstrate improved automated hydrogen lithography and repassivation, enabling error-corrected atomic writing of large-scale structures/memories that are stable a … | Continue reading


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Suicides rise with temperature in much of North America

Thousands more people may die by their own hand as Earth’s climate warms. | Continue reading


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Ecologists try to speed up evolution to save marsupial from toxic toads

The strategy could also be used to bolster the defences of Tasmanian devils and corals on the Great Barrier Reef. | Continue reading


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The hackers teaching old DNA sequencers new tricks

Outdated DNA-sequencing machines need not die — researchers can repurpose them to drive next-generation biochemistry studies. | Continue reading


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Tunable flexible artificial synapses

Mechanically flexible artificial synapses based on memristive transistors demonstrate different kinds of synaptic plasticity. The synapse is a fundamental component in neuromorphic computing (a brain-inspired computing approach that aims to provide more efficient computing compar … | Continue reading


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Higher temperatures increase suicide rates in the United States and Mexico

A 1 °C increase in monthly average temperature is associated with higher suicide rates in the United States and Mexico. Combined with comparable analysis of depressive language in US Twitter updates, these results suggest a link between higher temperatures and mental well-being. | Continue reading


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IVF at 40: revisiting the revolution in assisted reproduction

Heidi Ledford tours an exhibition about the trailblazing technique and the 6 million babies born using it — including the first, Louise Brown. | Continue reading


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The physics of infinity

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Gene discovery and polygenic prediction of educational attainment

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Lethal aggression in chimpanzees is better explained by adaptive strategies

A meta-analysis of studies on chimpanzees and bonobos across Africa shows that their conspecific aggression is the normal and expected product of adaptive strategies to obtain resources or mates and has no connection with the impacts of human activities. | Continue reading


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Creation of a synthetic cell (2016)

Craig Venter’s creation comes as CRISPR gene-editing methods provide alternative ways to tinker with life’s building blocks. | Continue reading


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With Pruitt gone, Trump and his allies continue to threaten the EPA

Scientists at the US Environmental Protection Agency hope for the best, but fear the worst. | Continue reading


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Big Bang telescope finale marks end of an era in cosmology

With the end of Europe’s Planck mission, researchers are moving to smaller projects studying different aspects of the cosmic microwave background. | Continue reading


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Long-term ecology of investors in a financial market

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The Roles of Serotonin in Decision-Making Under Social Group Conditions

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Segmental Additive Tissue Engineering

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3D Printed Microfluidic Probes

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Why I testified in the Argentina abortion debate

Critical thinking and clear definitions still have value in entrenched, polarized discussions, says Alberto Kornblihtt. | Continue reading


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Death-defying NASA mission will make humanity’s closest approach to the Sun

The Parker Solar Probe will dive into the sizzling solar corona to explore its mysteries. | Continue reading


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Dutch publishing giant Elsevier cuts off researchers in Germany and Sweden

Negotiations with Elsevier have stalled over open-access deals. | Continue reading


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A record-breaking microscope

An electron microscope has been developed that produces images at higher resolution than conventional approaches can achieve, and is suitable for studying fragile materials that can be damaged by electron beams. | Continue reading


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Hominin occupation of the Chinese Loess Plateau since ~2.1M years ago

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The Beginning of the World from the Point of View of Quantum Theory (1931)

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Jupiter has 10 more moons we didn't know about – and they're weird

The planet now has 79 known moons, including a tiny oddball on a collision course with its neighbours. | Continue reading


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China expands surveillance of sewage to police illegal drug use

Privacy concerns and cultural differences make some researchers sceptical that the method could work in other countries. | Continue reading


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The Easter Island statues may have been 'walked' to transport them

A contentious theory is put to the test with an almost-life-size replica. | Continue reading


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Reprogramming T-cell function and specificity with nonviral genome targeting

A non-viral strategy to introduce large DNA sequences into T cells enables the correction of a pathogenic mutation that causes autoimmunity, and the replacement of an endogenous T-cell receptor with an engineered receptor that can recognize cancer antigens. | Continue reading


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Digital-to-biological converter for on-demand production of biologics (2017)

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Science under siege: behind the scenes at Trump’s troubled environment agency

Uncertainty, hostility and irrelevance are now part of daily life for scientists at the US Environmental Protection Agency. | Continue reading


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100 bats and a long, dark tunnel: a quest to unlock the secrets of 3D navigation

How does the brain know where it is? Nachum Ulanovsky hopes his flying friends can help him find the answer. | Continue reading


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Senolytics improve physical function and increase lifespan in old age

Transfer of senescent cells into naive, young mice can induce physical dysfunction, and a senolytic can reverse this dysfunction and potently increase lifespan in aged mice. | Continue reading


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Tardigrade protein helps human DNA withstand radiation (2016)

Experiments show that the tardigrade’s resilience can be transferred to cultures of human cells. | Continue reading


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From artists to scientists, anyone can have a successful streak at any time

Science offers renewed hope for those still waiting for their moment in the spotlight. | Continue reading


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Controversial CRISPR ‘gene drives’ tested in mammals for the first time

Experiments in mice suggest that the technology has a long way to go before being used for pest control in the wild. | Continue reading


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Evolver: VLSI for High Throughput Growth Experiments in Systems Biology

Continuous culturing of individually controlled growth experiments in parallel and at high-throughput is enabled with an automated DIY platform. | Continue reading


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Smart molecule aids natural cancer defences

Molecule with therapeutic potential stimulates immune cells that can gobble up tumour cells. | Continue reading


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How to start a lab when funds are tight

Create a champagne set-up on a beer budget | Continue reading


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The common origin of family and non-family asteroids

All inner main-belt asteroids, and not just those belonging to a specific family as previously thought, originate from the splintering of a few large asteroids. The history of such precursors determines the compositional variety we observe in asteroids and meteorites. | Continue reading


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Artificial neural network made out of DNA

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Optical cryptography with biometrics for multi-depth objects

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No intrinsic gender differences in children’s earliest numerical abilities

Girls and boys show no cognitive differences in mathematical ability during infancy and early childhood across multiple tasks. To compare boys’ and girls’ early mathematical thinking, Alyssa Kersey and colleagues at the University of Rochester and University of Pittsburgh examine … | Continue reading


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