The trickster microbes that are shaking up the tree of life
Mysterious groups of archaea — named after Loki and other Norse myths — are stirring debate about the origin of complex creatures, including humans.
AI can now defend itself against malicious messages hidden in speech
Computer scientists have thwarted programs that can trick AI systems into classifying malicious audio as safe.
Humans are driving one million species to extinction
Landmark United Nations-backed report finds that agriculture is one of the biggest threats to Earth’s ecosystems.
Permafrost collapse is accelerating carbon release
The sudden collapse of thawing soils in the Arctic might double the warming from greenhouse gases released from tundra, warn Merritt R. Turetsky and colleagues.
Brain signals translated into speech using artificial intelligence
Technology could one day be used to help people who can’t talk to communicate.
Disembodied pig brains revived: Your questions answered
From consciousness to cryonics, Nature’s news team answers reader questions about a remarkable piece of research.
How long do neutrons live? Physicists close in on decades-old puzzle
Researchers are narrowing down their measurements of how long the subatomic particle survives on its own.
Machine-learning techniques used to accurately predict battery life
Highly reliable methods for predicting battery lives are needed to develop safe, long-lasting battery systems. Accurate predictive models have been developed using data collected from batteries early in their lifetime.
Cats know their names — whether they care is another matter
Behavioural experiments suggest that felines acknowledge their monikers by subtly moving their heads and ears.
Gravitational-wave hunt restarts — with a quantum boost
Detailed data on space-time ripples are set to pour in from LIGO and Virgo’s upgraded detectors.