Autism and DDT: What one million pregnancies can — and can’t — reveal
Analysis finds that prenatal exposure to the pesticide is associated with a higher risk of severe autism with intellectual impairment.
CRISPR ‘barcodes’ map mammalian development in exquisite detail
Genome-editing technique enables researchers to trace lineage of cells in developing mice.
Thousands of exotic ‘topological’ materials discovered through sweeping search
Haul thrills physicists, who previously knew of just a few hundred of these peculiar materials.
Diverse genome study upends understanding of how language evolved
Research casts doubt on the idea that the FOXP2 gene — linked to language evolution — is special to modern humans.
Entire yeast genome squeezed into one lone chromosome
In a dramatic restructuring, two teams have created versions of baker’s yeast with vastly reduced chromosome counts.
Droughts, heatwaves and floods: How to tell when climate change is to blame
Weather forecasters will soon provide instant assessments of global warming’s influence on extreme events.
The ethics of computer science: this researcher has a controversial proposal
Nature talks to Brent Hecht, who says peer reviewers must ensure that researchers consider negative societal consequences of their work.
Malaria’s ticking time bomb
Scientists are racing to stamp out the disease in southeast Asia before unstoppable strains spread.
Africa’s latest Ebola outbreak comes to swift end
The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s ninth outbreak of the deadly virus saw the early deployment of an experimental vaccine.
Ecologists try to speed up evolution to save Australian marsupial from toxic toads
The strategy could also be used to bolster the defences of Tasmanian devils and corals on the Great Barrier Reef.