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Graphene becomes superconductive—Electrons with 'no mass' flow with 'no resistance'

Graphene is a single-atomic carbon sheet with a hexagonal honeycomb network (Fig. 1). Electrons in graphene take a special electronic state called …

Gravitational waves: How LIGO forged the path to victory

Historic discovery of ripples in space-time meant ruling out the possibility of a fake signal.<p>At 11:53 a.m. local time on 14 September 2015, an …

Cancer 'vaccine' that remembers disease and fights it years later is developed by scientists

Researchers in immunotherapy trials engineer cells so they boost body’s natural defences and stand guard for lifetime - acting effectively like vaccine<p>A revolutionary new cancer treatment that remembers the disease and acts like a watchman to prevent it ever returning is being developed by …

The Science Behind the Virgin Birth

Researchers have come up with several intriguing—if improbable—scientific explanations for the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.<p>Although the religious meaning of Christmas was long ago neutered, replaced with the secular joys of eggnog and mall Santas, at its core December 25 is still a celebration of …

Huggy Snakes, More Pluto, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

This Is The Microorganism-Laden Handprint Of An 8-Year-Old After Playing Outdoors

As a living organism, the human body is home to millions of microbial life forms and bacteria. Without microscopic vision, we can’t see them unless …

Scientists Reverse Aging In Human Cell Line

It’s the Holy Grail for medicine: how to stop or even reverse aging. With teams of scientists the world over frantically trying to figure out what …

NASA Selects Instruments To Send To Europa In Search Of Alien Life

ICEMAG, REASON, EIS and MASPEX may sound like superheroes from a new crime-fighting team, but they are actually scientific instruments with an …

Cancer immunotherapy

Cancer immunotherapy is a rapidly advancing field with relevance for an expanding list of tumour types. In this collection, <i>Nature</i> presents seven …

Scientists Discover the Genes for Supersizing Fruit

Consider the beefsteak, a naturally bred giant among tomatoes. It grows as big as two pounds. Scientist have now identified a set of genes that gives …

Agonist Medications for the Treatment of Cocaine Use Disorder

Circumspective | Published: 11 December 2014<p><i>Neuropsychopharmacology</i> <b>volume 40</b>, pages 1815–1825 (2015) | Download Citation<p>Cocaine addiction is a …

Gene turns female mosquitoes into males

The female of the species is more deadly than the male, the famed author Rudyard Kipling wrote, and that’s certainly true for the mosquito <i>Aedes</i> …

Biology

Feature: The new shape of fusion

Targeting IL-17 in inflammatory disease

Collection<p>Collection home<br>• Comments and Reviews<br>• Research<br>• Multimedia<br>• Sponsor<p>The interleukin-17 (IL-17) family cytokines are strong inducers of inflammation …

Protective efficacy of P7C3-S243 in the 6-hydroxydopamine model of Parkinson's disease

Article |<p>Open | Published: 21 May 2015<p><i>npj Parkinson's Disease</i> <b>volume 1</b>, Article number: 15010 (2015) | Download Citation<p>Abstract<p>Background:<p>There are …

Tomorrow’s Battery Technologies That Could Power Your Home

The recent announcement by Tesla of Powerwall, its new lithium-ion (Li-ion) based residential battery storage system, has caused quite a stir. It …

Cancer immunotherapy takes aim at mutation-riddled tumors

New immune system-boosting cancer drugs have in clinical trials saved the lives of many people with seemingly untreatable melanoma or lung cancer, …

Cancer

Robotics: Ethics of artificial intelligence

Four leading researchers share their concerns and solutions for reducing societal risks from intelligent machines.<p>Subject terms:<p>Applied …

CRISPR, the disruptor

A powerful gene-editing technology is the biggest game changer to hit biology since PCR. But with its huge potential come pressing concerns.<p>Three …

Study Suggests Ejaculation Reduces The Risk Of Prostate Cancer

The highly popular discovery that ejaculation reduces the risk of prostate cancer has been confirmed, giving men everywhere one more reason to …

Awesome maps show where rapidly mutating flu viruses come from

But there are four strains of flu that all cause the same symptoms, and they're different enough that they don't spread around the world the same way, scientists reported in the journal Nature on June 9.<p>The most common strain, H3N2, spreads more quickly than H1N1 (known as swine flu ) and the B …

Public Health

Spiders and centipedes spew some of the same venom

Certain spiders and centipedes—despite being separated by more than 500 million years—have independently evolved the same type of venom from an …

Biology

Louisiana Teachers Are Using The Bible in Science Class

A freedom of information request has confirmed what activists have been warning for years, the bible is being used in high school science classrooms …

Nuclear blasts shed light on how animals recover from annihilation

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, France detonated four nuclear bombs on the Fangataufa atoll—a ring-shaped island of coral in the middle of the …

University of California

Scientists celebrate comet lander Philae’s call after 7-month slumber

It was 12:18 a.m. Sunday morning when Stephan Ulamec, home from a night out at the pub, got a text message. “Hi! We got signal from Philae! Call me …

Space