30 years of the iron hypothesis of ice ages
In 1990, an oceanographer who had never worked on climate science proposed that ice-age cooling has been amplified by increased concentrations of iron in the sea — and instigated an explosion of research.
How peat could protect the planet
Across the globe, drained peatlands are emitting billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. Scotland has emerged as a leader in efforts to restore bogs to health.
Super-precise CRISPR tool enhanced by enzyme engineering
Improvements to a method known as base editing could pave the way for safer gene therapies.
Neurodegenerative diseases distinguished through protein-structure analysis
Parkinson’s disease and multiple system atrophy involve the protein α-synuclein. Proof that aggregated α-synuclein adopts a different structure in each case suggests that its conformation underlies the distinct disorders.
Step aside CRISPR, RNA editing is taking off
Making changes to the molecular messengers that create proteins might offer flexible therapies for cancer, pain or high cholesterol, in addition to genetic disorders.
Early climate models successfully predicted global warming
Climate models published between 1970 and 2007 provided accurate forecasts of subsequently observed global surface warming. This finding shows the value of using global observations to vet climate models as the planet warms.
China coronavirus: how many papers have been published?
Research papers and preprints are appearing every day as researchers worldwide respond to the outbreak.
Techniques converge to map the developing human heart at single-cell level
Three methods for gene-expression profiling have now been combined to produce spatially defined single-cell maps of developing human organs from limited sample material, overcoming a major hurdle in studying human development.
The race to decipher how climate change influenced Australia’s record fires
Researchers have started an attribution study to determine how much global warming is to blame for the blazes that have ravaged the continent.
New China virus: Five questions scientists are asking
Researchers are racing to find out more about the epidemiology and genetic sequence of the coronavirus spreading in Asia and beyond.