Andrew King

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Maximize the impacts of space science

Put research goals first when prioritizing and managing national and international projects, urge Ji Wu and Roger Bonnet.<p>Ever more countries are …

Flows of 'water' on Mars may actually be sand, new study reveals

<b>(CNN) —</b> Since the discovery of dark streaks on the slopes of Mars in 2011, astronomers have been excited about potential evidence of water beneath the surface of the red planet.<p>If there are subsurface water flows on Mars, they could allow life -- even on a microbial level -- to exist as well.<p>But …

Online software spots genetic errors in cancer papers

article<p>Nature News & Comment<p>Tool to scrutinize research papers identifies mistakes in gene …

Exoplanet hunters rethink search for alien life

Astronomers expand ideas of how chemistry and geology could affect chances for life on other worlds.

Earth's Rotation Is Mysteriously Slowing Down: Experts Predict Uptick In 2018 Earthquakes

Scientists have found strong evidence that 2018 will see a big uptick in the number of large earthquakes globally. Earth’s rotation, as with many things, is cyclical, slowing down by a few milliseconds per day then speeding up again.<p>You and I will never notice this very slight variation in the …

Brain-Machine Interface Isn't Sci-Fi Anymore

<b>Thomas Reardon puts a terrycloth stretch band</b> with microchips and electrodes woven into the fabric—a steampunk version of jewelry—on each of his …

High-energy cosmic rays come from outside our Galaxy

article<p>Nature News & Comment<p>Giant observatory announces long-awaited …

A Brain Built From Atomic Switches Can Learn

A tiny self-organized mesh full of artificial synapses recalls its experiences and can solve simple problems. Its inventors hope it points the way to …

The most wonderful words in science: ‘We have no idea… yet!’

If you could fast-forward some 1,000 years and peek into a college science textbook from the year 3000, what would you see? I doubt you’d find many …

Infamous three-body problem has over a thousand new solutions

For more than 300 years, mathematicians have puzzled over the three-body problem – the question of how three objects orbit one another according to …

CRISPR used to peer into human embryos' first days

Gene-edited embryos enable researchers to unpick role of a crucial gene, with more studies likely to follow.

Bring on the bodyNET

Stretchable sensors, circuits and batteries are about to change our relationships with electronics and each other, explain Bryant Chu and colleagues.

How the Internet of cells has biologists buzzing

Networks of nanotubes may allow cells to share everything from infections and cancer to dementia-linked proteins.

What Could We Lose if a NASA Climate Mission Goes Dark?

In late August, as Hurricane Harvey began smashing into the Texas coast, a flood of data began pouring in along with the catastrophic quantities of rainwater. It wasn’t from the nonstop news coverage on CNN and elsewhere; it was from the transmissions that lay behind it, in the pulses of …

'One-size-fits-all’ threshold for <i>P </i>values under fire

Scientists hit back at a proposal to make it tougher to call findings statistically significant.

IBM Has Used Its Quantum Computer to Simulate a Molecule—Here’s Why That’s Big News

We just got a little closer to building a computer that can disrupt a large chunk of the chemistry world, and many other fields besides. A team of …

Much ado about nothing: ancient Indian text contains earliest zero symbol

Nowt, nada, zilch: there is nothing new about nothingness. But the moment that the absence of stuff became zero, a number in its own right, is regarded as one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of mathematics.<p>Now scientists have traced the origins of this conceptual leap to an ancient …

Slingshot around Titan is the beginning of the end for Cassini

With Cassini nearing its demise, it will be some time before we can again so closely observe Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Cassini was built in large …

Geneticists pan paper that claims to predict a person's face from their DNA

Reviewers and a co-author of a paper by genomics entrepreneur Craig Venter claim that it misrepresents the risks of public access to genome data.

Illegitimate journals scam even senior scientists

Kelly Cobey has seen a litany of researchers preyed on by predatory journals — and has ideas on how to stop it.

Massive genetic study shows how humans are evolving

Analysis of 215,000 people's DNA suggests variants that shorten life are being selected against.

Massive Ebola data site planned to combat outbreaks

An international partnership seeks African leadership to organize information about the disease.

Brain researchers in uproar over NIH clinical-trials policy

An open letter to the US National Institutes of Health says that classifying human-behaviour studies as clinical trials creates unnecessary red tape.

Trump finally nominates new leader for NASA

James Bridenstine, a member of Congress, has long pushed for the United States to return to the Moon.

Doubts raised about CRISPR gene-editing study in human embryos

Alternative explanations challenge whether technique actually fixed a genetic mutation as claimed.

Three ways to make proton therapy affordable

Shrink accelerators, sharpen beams and broaden health-care coverage so more people can get this type of radiation treatment, argue Thomas R.

'Sleep should be prescribed': what those late nights out could be costing you

Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it<p>Matthew Walker has learned to dread the question “What do you do?” At parties, it signals the end of his evening; thereafter, his new …


Science first, scientists later

How and why we should get rid of author lists in scientific publications<p>About a month ago, Steven Burgess, conducted a Twitter poll asking if …

Wikipedia shapes language in science papers

article<p>Nature News & Comment<p>Experiment traces how online encyclopaedia influences research …

Experimental nerve-stimulation therapy partially revives man in long-term vegetative state—but experts urge caution

Fifteen years ago, a 20-year-old man in France suffered traumatic brain injury in a car collision and fell into a persistent state of unconsciousness …