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Dragnet to find Turkey coup plotters is harming academic freedom

July 22, 2016 - 9:32am
The autonomy of research and academic institutions in Turkey has long been under attack but is now facing an existential threat, says Caghan Kizil

Sanders turns the heat up to make Clinton a real climate champ

July 22, 2016 - 9:00am
The Democrats' platform will be tougher on climate change than Hillary Clinton might like, a welcome outcome of Bernie Sanders' popularity, says Matthew Nisbet

No more space race rhetoric: it’s not just about the US any more

July 22, 2016 - 7:21am
Increasingly nationalistic language around space exploration is distracting us from science that we can only do collaboratively, says Lisa Grossman

Hunting for Mars-like life a kilometre below Earth’s surface

July 22, 2016 - 5:09am
Kate Ravilious takes an 8-minute lift ride to an underground lab in Yorkshire, UK, doing research that could help NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission find life

Alcohol linked to at least seven cancers – not just liver cancer

July 21, 2016 - 4:15pm
The more alcohol you drink, the higher your risk of cancers like breast and colon cancer. But research suggests that there is no "safe" level of consumption

Double hand transplant carried out in the UK for first time

July 21, 2016 - 4:01pm
Chris King has become the first person in the UK to receive two hand transplants, in an operation that took eight surgeons 12 hours to complete

Mars rover Curiosity gets license to shoot its laser at will

July 21, 2016 - 10:19am
After nearly four years on the Red Planet, the Curiosity rover has received an upgrade from NASA allowing it to use its ChemCam laser without human intervention

Forest flying takes drone swarms to places once off limits

July 21, 2016 - 8:50am
For drone swarms, forests are the ultimate challenge. Avoiding trees and shrubs while keeping formation shows they could tackle almost any obstacle course

City slicker monkeys are overweight and have high cholesterol

July 21, 2016 - 7:53am
Urban living means plentiful fruit trees and many sugary snacks for Colombia’s tamarin monkeys – but they pay the price for this unhealthy diet

Hubble telescope looks back in time to see far-off galaxies

July 21, 2016 - 7:49am
NASA's greatest telescope has turned its eye on a distant patch of the universe, revealing a gaggle of galaxies, some of which date back to 1 billion years after the big bang

AI needs oversight – time to set standards for autonomous tech

July 21, 2016 - 6:39am
Questions are being asked about the safety of autonomous systems in cars, robots and drones. We need a regulator for the AI era, says Paul Marks

Eating each other’s faeces helps earwig young survive famine

July 21, 2016 - 6:25am
The odd feeding behaviour may even help keep the young insects together in a primitive form of social living

Huge boom in teen HIV cases could cause epidemic to spiral

July 21, 2016 - 4:13am
Many teens with HIV in South Africa have had the virus all their lives. Initiatives are now springing into action to help prevent further teen infections

Dark matter no-show puts favoured particles on death row

July 21, 2016 - 1:30am
The LUX experiment has seen no sign of WIMPs, the leading candidate for dark matter. That means the elusive particles are running out of hiding places

Bees spew water at their hive-mates when the temperature rises

July 20, 2016 - 3:00pm
After a hot day, some honeybees become living water tanks – they store water in their gut in anticipation of demand from their sisters

Who should we believe when it comes to fertility?

July 20, 2016 - 11:00am
Difficult choices over when to start a family are not made any easier by conflicting signals from doctors and fertility clinics

Brain training game for troops tackles effects of combat trauma

July 20, 2016 - 11:00am
The Israeli army has announced that by the end of the year its soldiers will play a game designed to prevent PTSD as part of their combat training

Should people who are not terminally ill have the right to die?

July 20, 2016 - 11:00am
The debate around extending assisted suicide to people who experience unbearable mental suffering, rather than physical suffering, is an ethical minefield

Error fix for long-lived qubits brings quantum computers nearer

July 20, 2016 - 10:00am
For the first time, researchers are able to extend the lifetime of a quantum bit, or qubit, using error correction – an essential step to useful quantum computers

One part of Antarctica has been cooling since 1998 – here’s why

July 20, 2016 - 10:00am
The once fast-warming Antarctic Peninsula has cooled over the past 18 years thanks to shifting winds – but global warming will soon override their effect