Nature Extra: Backchat March 2017 A sting operation finds several predatory journals offered to employ a fictional, unqualified academic as an editor. Plus, the Great Barrier Reef in hot water, and trying to explain 'time crystals'.
The Gairdner Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 Canada Gairdner Award laureates. The Canada Gairdner Awards have become widely recognized as one of the most prestigious medical prizes and this years' laureates include a remarkable representation of basic and translational research that is saving millions of lives worldwide.
Five ways consortia can catalyse open science An analysis of more than 50 collaborations shows the secrets of success, write Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld and colleagues from the Stakeholder Alignment Collaborative. Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Karen S. Baker, Nicholas Berente et al.
Biomechanics: The aerodynamics buzz from mosquitoes Mosquitoes flap their long, thin wings four times faster than similarly sized insects. Imaging and computational analysis of mosquito flight illuminates some aerodynamic mechanisms not seen before in animal flight.
Star formation inside a galactic outflow Star formation at a rate of more than 15 solar masses a year has been observed inside a massive outflow of gas from a nearby galaxy; this could also be happening inside other galactic outflows.
Evolutionary dynamics on any population structure The authors derive a condition for how natural selection chooses between two competing strategies on any graph for weak selection, elucidating which population structures promote certain behaviours, such as cooperation.
Exploiting non-covalent π interactions for catalyst design Our increasing understanding of non-covalent interactions involving aromatic systems is reviewed, and the use of these insights in the design of small-molecule catalysts and enzymes is surveyed. Andrew J. Neel, Margaret J. Hilton, Matthew S. Sigman et al.
Functional materials discovery using energy–structure–function maps Energy–structure–function maps that describe the possible structures and properties of molecular crystals are developed, and these maps are used to guide the experimental discovery of porous materials with specific functions. Angeles Pulido, Linjiang Chen, Tomasz Kaczorowski et al.
Neural ensemble dynamics underlying a long-term associative memory Use of a head-mounted miniature microscope in awake, behaving mice reveals that neural ensembles in the basal and lateral amygdala encode associations between conditioned and unconditioned stimuli in a way that matches models of supervised learning. Benjamin F. Grewe, Jan Gründemann, Lacey J. Kitch et al.
Groundwater depletion embedded in international food trade Global food consumption drives irrigation for crops, which depletes aquifers in some regions; here we quantify the volumes of groundwater depletion associated with global food production and international trade. Carole Dalin, Yoshihide Wada, Thomas Kastner et al.
A retrograde co-orbital asteroid of Jupiter Asteroid 2015 BZ509 is a retrograde co-orbital asteroid of the planet Jupiter, stably orbiting in a sense opposite to that of Jupiter’s orbit around the Sun for around a million years. Paul Wiegert, Martin Connors, Christian Veillet
The allosteric inhibitor ABL001 enables dual targeting of BCR–ABL1 The selective allosteric ABL1 inhibitor ABL001 (asciminib) represents a new inhibitory mechanism for BCR–ABL1-driven malignancies, and its efficacy and evolving mechanisms of resistance do not overlap with those of other BCR–ABL1 kinase inhibitors. Andrew A. Wylie, Joseph Schoepfer, Wolfgang Jahnke et al.
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