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Turning point: Carpe freedom

mercredi 27 avril 2016 par Virginia Gewin
Biologist Linda Sue Beck describes the occupation of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

R. McNeill Alexander (1934–2016)

mercredi 27 avril 2016 par Andrew A. Biewener, Alan Wilson
Zoologist who pioneered comparative animal biomechanics.

Government: Anti-science wave sweeps Poland

mercredi 27 avril 2016 par Paula Dobosz, Jakub Zawiła-Niedźwiecki
Poland's government is showing a worrying trend to disregard scientific evidence and rationality (see, for example, Nature530, 393; 10.1038/530393a2016). Polish academia needs the backing of international scientific societies to help counter some alarming implications for the population.For (...)

Correspondence: Tell us the end of the story

mercredi 27 avril 2016 par M. Usman, A. Chaudhary, M. Farooq
Nature's Correspondence section is known for highlighting political aspects of scientific issues of public interest and for calling on organizations and governments to address scientists' concerns in developing policy. Readers would surely like to know what happened next.Contacting the authors (...)

Air corridors: Ventilating Beijing cannot fix pollution

mercredi 27 avril 2016 par Yansui Liu, Yang Zhou, Yurui Li
Beijing plans to build a system of ventilation corridors across the city to help dissipate heat and smog (see go.nature.com/cgbd7i). We suggest that a more comprehensive solution is needed to tackle the scale and complexity of Beijing's severe air pollution.In our view, (...)

Portugal: Postdoc rights need not hurt productivity

mercredi 27 avril 2016 par Nuno Cerca
Portugal's government is on the verge of a historic process, recognizing at last that postdoctoral researchers should have the same rights as the rest of the country's workforce (see go.nature.com/famkkn; in Portuguese). In defiance of European Union practice, more than 90% of these (...)

Palaeontology: Benefits of trade in amber fossils

mercredi 27 avril 2016 par Jun Chen, Bo Wang, Edmund A. Jarzembowski
Amber of great palaeontological significance is flowing into China's jewellery market, fuelling a trade that dates back some 13,000 years. Ironically, banning this trade could be more damaging to science than letting it continue.Fossiliferous ambers are being extensively destroyed by mining (...)

Technology: Beyond the 'InterNyet'

mercredi 27 avril 2016 par Michael D. Gordin
Michael D. Gordin reviews a history of the Soviets' failed national computer network.

Books in brief

mercredi 27 avril 2016 par Barbara Kiser
Barbara Kiser reviews five of the week's best science picks.

Zoology: In the museum with Roosevelt

mercredi 27 avril 2016 par Michael Ross Canfield
Michael Ross Canfield enjoys a chronicle of the statesman's natural-history legacy.

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