Fresh data deepen mystery of dark-matter signal
Physicists at a detector in Italy have long claimed to see the Universe’s missing mass — but copycat experiments don’t yet see the same
How secret conversations inside cells are transforming biology
Organelles — the cell’s workhorses — mingle far more than scientists ever appreciated.
The fight for control over virtual fossils
Palaeontologists have been urged to share 3D scans of fossils online, but a Nature analysis finds that few researchers do so.
China sets sights on first solar power stations in space
The country has a plan to overcome the challenges experienced by other nations.
Four new DNA letters double life’s alphabet
Synthetic DNA seems to behave like the natural variety, suggesting that chemicals beyond nature’s four familiar bases could support life on Earth.
Faster, better, cheaper: the rise of CRISPR in disease detection
Powerful gene-editing tool could help to diagnose illnesses such as Lassa fever early and rein in the spread of infection.
Gravitational-wave observatory LIGO set to double its detecting power
A planned $35-million upgrade could enable LIGO to spot one black-hole merger per day by the mid-2020s.
Tainted water: the scientists tracing thousands of fluorinated chemicals in our environment
Researchers are struggling to assess the dangers of nondegradable compounds used in clothes, foams and food wrappings.
Trail of feathers to the Neanderthal mind
Bernard Wood explores a claim that our nearest cousins were our cognitive equals — and that birds had a part to play in that.
Black-hole jets begin to reveal their antimatter secrets
The first simulations of matter and antimatter particles swirling around a rotating black hole hint at the origins of the enigmatic jets.