Legal ivory harvesting from African elephants would never meet consumer demand and could not resume in a sustainable way.Despite an international trade ban in 1989, poaching for ivory remains rampant and is even increasing, triggering heated debates about whether legal trading could help to
Scientists have discovered an exotic atom formed from two specific types of meson, which consist of only a quark and an anti-quark, instead of the three quarks found in constituents of normal matter.Mesons are unstable particles produced in high-energy collisions and can be used
Climate change is causing widespread permafrost thaw in the Arctic. Measurements at 33 Arctic lakes show that old carbon from thawing permafrost is being emitted as methane, though emission rates have not changed during the past 60 years.
The sources contributing to the deglacial rise in atmospheric CO2 concentrations are unclear. Climate model simulations suggest thawing permafrost soils were the initial source, highlighting the vulnerability of modern permafrost carbon stores.
The Himalaya grow as India and Eurasia collide. Analyses of deformation during the 2015 Gorkha earthquake suggest that slip on small-scale splay faults, as well as motion during the interseismic period, help to create Earth's highest mountains.
In eukaryotes, RNA is transcribed as precursor mRNA. Noncoding sequences must be spliced out before proteins are made. Mechanistic insight into the splicing process has come from determining – [Read More]
Bacteria of the phylum Bacteroidetes constitute a substantial portion of the human gut microbiota, including symbionts and opportunistic pathogens. How these bacteria coexist and provide colonization resistance to pathogenic strains is not well understood. In this issue of EMBO Reports, Hecht and colleagues describe a mechanism by which strains of Bacteroide […]
To highlight worldwide efforts to fund neuroscience research and address the growing threat of brain disorders, Nature Neuroscience asked leaders of six global brain initiatives to write about their programs.
Given recent advances in genome engineering technology like CRISPR and the difficulty of modeling human diseases in rodents, transgenic nonhuman primates may be used to develop etiologically relevant models of disease. This perspective by Guoping Feng et al. highlights the technological advances, potential challenges and opportunities these models present to […]
Although single-cell gene expression profiling has been possible for the past two decades, a number of recent technological advances in microfluidic and sequencing technology have recently made the procedure much easier and less expensive. Awatramani and colleagues discuss the use of single-cell gene expression profiling for classifying neuronal cell types.
Vanishing Kings – Lions of the Namib is a film created by Will and Lianne Steenkamp that has been nominated for a 2016 Panda Award for Cinematography (Small Crew). We were still on a high from the amount of hard work that the public and conservation organisations had put into raising awareness of World Lion Day on 10 […]
August 10th is World Lion Day so we’ve collated a list of some of our favourite lion facts to celebrate – and we are all planning on watching the Lion King when we get home too! 1) Lions and the British Monarchy Lions have long been a symbol of of the British Monarchy; some of the earliest […]
August 8th is International Cat Day, but before you open up the catnip for your domestic moggy why not take a look at their wild relatives? There are 41 cat species in the Felidae family and while the more famous members steal most of the limelight, there are probably quite a few species that you haven’t even […]
With the Rio 2016 Olympics in full swing, we thought we would look to the animal kingdom for its offering of world class sporting prowess. Faster, higher, stronger is a motto engrained in the minds of Olympic athletes the world over. Yet even Usain Bolt, Allyson Felix and Michael Phelps would struggle to match the athletic abilities of some […]