Nature Summaries and Reviews

See all summaries and reviews from Nature at a glance.

Genetically identical primates offer the best models of human disease, but raise ethical issues.

David Cyranoski

Nature, 2019

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There are reasons to be optimistic that the world will break its addiction to fossil fuels. But time is running out.

Jeff Tollefson

Nature, 2018

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Maintaining momentum is crucial as nations build a treaty to safeguard the high seas, argue Glen Wright, Julien Rochette, Kristina M. Gjerde and Lisa A. Levin.

Glen Wright et al.

Nature, 2018

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John C. Moore et al.

Nature, 2018

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Young people who are already struggling offline might experience greater negative effects of life online, writes Candice Odgers.

Candice Odgers

Nature, 2018

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Humans are masters of dexterity. But robots are catching up.

Richard Hodson

Nature, 2018

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Artificial intelligence and brain-computer interfaces must respect and preserve people’s privacy, identity, agency and equality, say Rafael Yuste, Sara Goering and colleagues.

Rafael Yuste and Sara Goering et al.

Nature, 2017

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Learning more about how pollutants enter and damage the body would reduce disease and deaths, say Jos Lelieveld and Ulrich Pöschl.

Jos Lelieveld and Ulrich Pöschl

Nature, 2017

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A campaign to increase preimplantation genetic diagnosis could put the country on the path towards eliminating certain diseases.

David Cyranoski

Nature, 2017

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Trace people, not papers; a new way to measure the impact of science on society.

Neil Savage

Nature, 2017

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Artificial intelligence can speed up research into new photovoltaic, battery and carbon-capture materials, argue Edward Sargent, Alán Aspuru-Guzik and colleagues.

Phil De Luna et al.

Nature, 2017

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How Anne Wojcicki took the start-up firm from the brink of failure to scientific preeminence.

Erika Check Hayden

Nature, 2017

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Researchers are painting intricate pictures of individual memories and learning how the brain works in the process.

Helen Shen

Nature, 2018

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The womb was thought to be sterile. Some scientists argue it’s where the microbiome begins.

Cassandra Willyard

Nature, 2018

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A tour through the most studied genes in biology reveals some surprises.

Elie Dolgin

Nature, 2017

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Amid a tumultuous political landscape, a generation of black researchers is gearing up to transform South African science.

Linda Nordling

Nature, 2018

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Three ways that the digital revolution is reshaping workforces around the world.

Emily Anthes

Nature, 2017

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Extreme floods will become more common as sea levels rise.

Alexandra Witze

Nature, 2018

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Xuemei Bai and colleagues call for long-term, cross-disciplinary studies to reduce carbon emissions and urban risks from global warming.

Xuemei Bai et al.

Nature, 2018

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Cheap and abundant shale gas is changing how the chemical industry makes the ingredients of modern life. Chemists want to ensure that it’s change for the better.

Mark Peplow

Nature, 2017

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The world is lit at night like never before, and ecologists are assessing the damage.

Aisling Irwin

Nature, 2018

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Artificial illumination can stop us sleeping and make us ill. We need fresh strategies and technologies, argues Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska.

Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska

Nature, 2018

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Lab heads should let junior researchers take their projects with them when they start their own labs – it drives innovation and discovery, argues Ben A. Barres.

Ben A. Barres

Nature, 2017

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Governments must provide incentives for businesses to fix the global food system, not just punish them for acting irresponsibly, argues Lawrence Haddad.

Lawrence Haddad

Nature, 2018

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Even the simplest networks of neurons defy understanding. So how do neuroscientists hope to untangle brains with billions of cells?

Kerri Smith

Nature, 2017

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Evolution favours the body form best adapted to the local environment, but it can also favour rare forms. Stickleback experiments reveal how these two selection forces can interact, and how this can limit population divergence.

David N. Reznick and Joseph Travis

Nature, 2017

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How flashing lights, pink noise or other non-invasive approaches to taming brainwaves might one day turn into treatments for neurodegenerative disease.

Helen Thomson

Nature, 2018

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Chan Zuckerberg Science will prioritize the elements that made roundworm studies soar – creativity, openness and shareable resources, writes its president, Cori Bargmann.

Cori Bargmann

Nature, 2018

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A surcharge on energy producers would fund climate adaptation and the low-carbon transition, suggest Anthony J. Webster and Richard H. Clarke.

Anthony J. Webster and Richard H. Clarke

Nature, 2017

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Create an artificial-intelligence platform for the planet, urges Lucas N. Joppa.

Lucas N. Joppa

Nature, 2017

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China has a lucrative market for fake research reagents. Some scientists are fighting back.

David Cyranoski

Nature, 2017

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Gaps in the fossil record have limited our understanding of how Homo sapiens evolved. The discovery in Morocco of the earliest known H. sapiens fossils might revise our ideas about human evolution in Africa.

Chris Stringer and Julia Galway-Witham

Nature, 2017

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The ability to become nearly any cell type is restricted to eggs, sperm and primitive stem cells in very early embryos. Maintaining this pluripotent state in vitro comes at a cost.

Thomas P. Zwaka

Nature, 2017

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An experimental procedure is exposing the links between the nervous and immune systems. Could it be the start of a revolution?

Douglas Fox

Nature, 2017

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Research on collective recall takes on new importance in a post-fact world.

Laura Spinney

Nature, 2017

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With prices for renewables dropping, many countries in Africa might leap past dirty forms of energy towards a cleaner future.

Erica Gies

Nature, 2016

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