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UC professor lifts the curtain on Rome's first imperial family

(University of Cincinnati) From Augustus to Nero, Romans treated the Julio-Claudian emperors like gods during their reigns and condemned them as monsters after their deaths. A new book by a University of Cincinnati classicist offersShow More Summary

Researchers should reach beyond the science bubble

4 hours agoAcademics : Nature

Scientists in the United States and elsewhere ought to address the needs and employment prospects of taxpayers who have seen little benefit from scientific advances.

Gene editing in legal limbo in Europe

4 hours agoAcademics : Nature

The European Union is dragging its feet on gene-editing rules and scientists should push the issue.

Pluto could be staging a comeback — and it’s not alone

4 hours agoAcademics : Nature

A proposal to massively expand the number of bodies called planets raises interesting questions.

Energy scientists must show their workings

4 hours agoAcademics : Nature

Public trust demands greater openness from those whose research is used to set policy, argues Stefan Pfenninger.

Evolution: Origin of vertebrate gills

4 hours agoAcademics : Nature

The ancestor of all living vertebrates may have had gills, a finding that adds to a long-standing debate about the evolutionary history of gills.In jawless animals such as lampreys, gills form from the embryo's innermost layer of cells, or 'endoderm', whereas in jawed vertebrates,

Computing: A faster brain-inspired computer

4 hours agoAcademics : Nature

A computer that mimics the way the brain works, and contains both optical and electronic parts, can recognize simple speech three times faster than earlier devices that used only optical components.Reservoir computers use neural networks made of interconnected units that relay signals in recurrent,

Cancer biology: Rogue metabolite halts DNA repair

4 hours agoAcademics : Nature

A range of cancers could have new treatment options thanks to the discovery that a metabolite made by many tumours increases their vulnerability to a class of drug.Tumours resort to a number of metabolic tricks to support their continued growth and survival. One metabolite

Glaciology: East Antarctica's Weddell woe

4 hours agoAcademics : Nature

The immense East Antarctic ice sheet may be more vulnerable to rising temperatures in the Weddell Sea than previously thought.Earlier studies have predicted that most of the ice lost from Antarctica as a result of global warming will be from the West Antarctic Ice

Planetary science: Ceres has complex chemistry

4 hours agoAcademics : Nature

The dwarf planet Ceres hosts organic compounds that are possible ingredients for life.NASA's Dawn spacecraft is orbiting Ceres (pictured), which is also the largest asteroid in the Solar System, and the craft has previously spotted signs of salts, ice and other basic

Palaeontology: Ancient reptile bore live young

4 hours agoAcademics : Nature

A 245-million-year-old fossil of a pregnant reptile offers the first evidence for live birth in the animal group that includes modern birds and crocodiles.Live birth has evolved dozens of times in vertebrates, but has never been seen in archosauromorphs, which emerged around 260 million

Imaging: 3D-printed camera sees like an eagle

4 hours agoAcademics : Nature

A tiny camera made of four different lenses 3D-printed on a chip can generate images with high resolution in the centre — similarly to the way the eyes of eagles and humans work.Simon Thiele and his colleagues at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, printed

Hot spots of marine biodiversity most severely impacted by global warming

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) A new study aimed at identifying areas of highest conservation priority in the world's oceans found six 'hot spots of marine biodiversity' that are severely impacted by climate change and fishing pressures.

Infectious disease: Autoimmunity in nodding syndrome

4 hours agoAcademics : Nature

A mysterious disorder that causes seizures in children in East Africa could be due to an autoimmune reaction.In Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan, nodding syndrome causes children's heads to drop and results in epileptic seizures, cognitive impairment and sometimes death. Although people with the

Meteorology: High winds add to extreme deluges

4 hours agoAcademics : Nature

Narrow bands of water vapour that typically travel over the ocean and dump huge volumes of rain on land, often causing flooding and landslides, come with another hazard — extreme wind.Duane Waliser of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and Bin Guan of

The Lost Poetry of the Angel Island Detention Center

Although it was widely known as the Ellis Island of the West, Angel Island wasn’t meant to herald immigrants to the United States so much as to keep them out. Located just across from Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay, the immigration...Show More Summary

Inside the Chinese lab poised to study world's most dangerous pathogens

4 hours agoAcademics : Nature

Maximum-security biolab is part of plan to build network of BSL-4 facilities across China.

Broad Institute wins bitter battle over CRISPR patents

4 hours agoAcademics : Nature

The US Patent and Trademark Office issues a verdict in legal tussle over rights to genome-editing technology.

Giant crack in Antarctic ice shelf spotlights advances in glaciology

4 hours agoAcademics : Nature

Rift through Larsen C ice shelf has grown to 175 kilometres, and collapse of nearby ice shelves could offer a glimpse of its future.

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