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Turning point: Advocacy ambassador

A social-media professional calls on researchers to speak out for their science.

Communication: Post-truth predicaments

How can scientists get through to a public that's seemingly indifferent to objective facts?

John Glenn (1921–2016)

US astronaut and senator.

Censorship: Beware scientists wielding red pens

By inviting scientists to take their 'red pens to the Internet' and grade online sources of science reporting, Phil Williamson implies that science is the primary and final voice in public discussion (Nature540, 171;10.1038/540171a2016). This disregards other ways

Anthropocene: social science misconstrued

Adding in a wider range of social-science expertise will not, in my view, help efforts to 'formalize the Anthropocene' as a geological age of human influence (E.Elliset al. Nature540, 192–193;10.1038/540192a2016). The authors rightly

Anthropocene: its stratigraphic basis

As officers of the Anthropocene Working Group (AWG; J.Z. and C.W.) and chair of the Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy (SQS; M.J.H.) of the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS), we note that the AWG has less power than Erle Ellis and colleagues imply (Nature540

Brussels Declaration: Twenty-point plan for science policy

The Brussels Declaration will be published at next month's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a 20-point blueprint for a set of ethics and principles to inform work at the boundaries of science, society and policy.

Technology: He wrote the future

On Arthur C. Clarke's centenary, Andrew Robinson lauds a prescient, original writer.

How to turn competitors into collaborators

Erica Ollmann Saphire and colleagues share lessons in finding treatments fast from the work on Ebola by the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Immunotherapeutic Consortium.

Five big mysteries about CRISPR’s origins

Where did it come from? How do organisms use it without self-destructing? And what else can it do?

The $2.4-billion plan to steal a rock from Mars

NASA is now building the rover that it hopes will bring back signs of life on the red planet.

Croatia’s science minister rejects calls to resign amid plagiarism scandal

Pavo Barišić says he won't step down after a parliamentary ethics committee found he copied another scholar's work.

US energy agency strengthens protections for scientists

Revised scientific-integrity policy gives researchers more leeway to speak to the press and publish their findings.

Space-weather forecast to improve with European satellite

Probe could give early warnings of catastrophic solar storms heading for Earth.

Gates Foundation research can’t be published in top journals

Publications such as Nature and Science have policies that clash with the global health charity's open-access mandate.

Cancer reproducibility project releases first results

An open-science effort to replicate dozens of cancer-biology studies is off to a confusing start.

India’s first GM food crop held up by lawsuit

Scientists accused of deceiving the public about benefits of transgenic mustard.

Marijuana's benefits, Antarctic ice cracks and a $500-million donation

The week in science: 13–19 January 2017.

Cancer biology: Tumours slowed by diet tweak

A high-fat diet speeds tumour growth in mice, but this can be counteracted by drugs that lower levels of a metabolite in the blood.Diet can influence cancer survival, but the molecular reasons are largely unknown. Jing Chen at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and

Conservation: Pristine forests are shrinking fast

Less than one-quarter of the world's forests show no obvious signs of human activity, and the proportion of undisturbed forest has dropped markedly since the millennium.Peter Potapov at the University of Maryland in College Park and his co-workers used satellite images to identify areas

Evolution: How menopause emerged in whales

Differences between the breeding success of mothers and daughters may have driven the evolution of menopause, according to a study on killer whales.Evolutionary biologists have long puzzled over why females of certain species — humans, killer whales and short-finned pilot whales — stop ovulating

Palaeontology: Trilobites laid eggs

The discovery that extinct marine organisms called trilobites laid eggs provides the first direct evidence for how they reproduced.Trilobites lived between 520 million and 250 million years ago, and are one of the earliest known groups of arthropods (invertebrates, including modern insects, with exoskeletons

Ecology: Trees grow thick skin to survive fire

Trees that live in fire-prone areas have evolved thick bark to protect themselves. This trait can be used as an indicator of how resilient a tree species is to increased fire risk under global warming.Adam Pellegrini, now at Stanford University in California, and his

Climate change: Sea-level rise for centuries to come

Atmospheric methane and other short-lived greenhouse gases are set to keep the global sea level rising for several centuries — even after any potential decline or halt in emissions.Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere cause ocean warming and thermal expansion that results in sea-level rise.

Chemistry: Molecule gets knotted

Scientists have braided a molecule into a knot with eight crossings, the most complex yet made in the lab.Flexible polymers can twist themselves into complex knots, but scientists have struggled to create all but the simplest structures. David Leigh and his colleagues at the

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