It emerges that blood-cancer-targeting drugs that block a tumour-survival pathway also activate a mutation-causing enzyme in mice and in human cells. This might have implications for the clinical use of these drugs (via Nature News & Views, $)

Cancer: A targeted treatment with off-target risks
As they ponder their next move in response to the election of Trump, science organizations should look harder at social problems and opportunities, and seek ways for science to help.

Researchers should reach beyond the science bubble
An analysis of more than 2,000 species of bird provides insight into how the animals' diverse beak shapes evolved, and points to a single rare event as a trigger for the rapid initial divergence of avian lineages (via Nature News & Views, $)

Evolution: Catastrophe triggers diversification
Most assumptions, systems, models and data used to set energy policy are not made publicly available.

Energy scientists must show their workings
Two government departments charged with managing the UK's departure from the EU have not yet appointed scientific advisers — and might not do so.

Delay in hiring science advisers intensifies Brexit worries
Nature editorial: Pity the cyber-ethnographer, who must envy the quiet life of, say, a geologist studying rocks, while they embed themselves in online arguments trying to understand human behaviour online...

The dark side of social media
Geophysical data suggest that a region spanning 5 million square kilometres, which includes New Zealand and New Caledonia, is a single, intact piece of continental crust and is geologically separate from Australia.

Geologists spy an eighth continent: Zealandia
Researchers say they have recovered DNA of the stomach bacterium from burials in Mexico linked to a 1540s epidemic that killed up to 80% of the country's native inhabitants.

Collapse of Aztec society linked to catastrophic salmonella outbreak
Scientists say the rift could reach the ocean within weeks or months, releasing an iceberg twice the size of Luxembourg into the Weddell Sea.

Giant crack in Antarctic ice shelf spotlights advances in glaciology
Virtual reality is helping scientists to map cells in the human body - revolutionizing our understanding of cancer and other diseases.

The race to map the human body — one cell at a time
Winston Churchill: politician, wartime leader, historian and a champion of science and technology.

Winston Churchill’s essay on alien life found
From legal challenges to ongoing experimentation, the story of who owns the rights to CRISPR–Cas9 gene editing is still being written.

Why the CRISPR patent verdict isn’t the end of the story
George Klein was a pioneering cancer biologist and Renaissance man.

George Klein (1925-2016)
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“Turkey is out of sync with its scientists.”

Steps to help Turkey build a future on research
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Modified human embryos should be allowed only if researchers meet strict criteria, says long-awaited National Academies report.

US science advisers outline path to genetically modified babies
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But will this conservative solution to global warming ever be implemented?

US Republican idea for tax on carbon makes climate sense
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What do you see? Fractal geometry can help us explain why we see images in things like Rorschach's ink blots.

Fractal secrets of Rorschach's famed ink blots revealed
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02/19/2017 at 13:45. Facebook
Advice to ‘not feed the trolls’ has little impact, as psychologists find that Internet trolls seem impervious to any efforts to change their behaviour.

The dark side of social media
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02/19/2017 at 12:30. Facebook
Capacity for sustainable energy has grown threefold in the past decade, but the US still lags behind Europe and China.

Solar and wind energy propel growth in US renewables