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International weekly journal of science. Editorials, News & Views, Comment, Careers and primary research coverage here. For news, please see @NatureNews.

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This week on the Nature Podcast: Strange objects at the centre of the galaxy and improving measurements of online activity. Listen below.

“During my hours in the laboratory and on the road, I’ve realized that the training for a PhD and for a marathon are very similar,” writes Kathryn Wierenga. She explains the similarities.

The hunt for new, commercially viable materials with highly sought-after properties is one of the most competitive pursuits in scientific research.

A Nature paper shows what happens at the molecular level when two compounds known to inhibit crystal growth, specifically antimalarial drugs, were combined. It gives new insight into malaria treatments.

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Hummingbirds became the fluttering jewels of the animal kingdom by evolving innovative ways of producing shimmering colour. #ResearchHighlight 

News & Views: A paper in @NatureEcoEvo  reports that Gorongosa National Park’s repopulation with large herbivores has reduced the abundance of mimosa to pre-war levels.

A Nature paper describes an elusive single-celled microorganism that has been cultured and characterized from deep marine sediment. Studying the unusual organism may help to shed light on the origins of complex eukaryotic life. Read the paper:

World View: Without the humanities and social sciences, hard science and technology can do little to resolve complex societal challenges, writes @HetanShah . Wise governments will find ways to incorporate that insight.

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Katie Bouman led the creation of an algorithm that helped capture the first ever image of a black hole. We asked her what this breakthrough means for science. For more reaction from other scientists, visit our YouTube channel:

Editorial: Many PhD students and postdoctoral researchers are overworked and overstressed — and their mental health is suffering because of it.

A paper in Nature reports that Earth’s vegetation may not be able to continue to absorb human carbon dioxide emissions at current rates, which could accelerate climate change and exacerbate its effects.

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Editorial: The US Department of Health and Human Services proposes to establish a legal definition of whether someone is male or female based on the genitals they are born with. This proposal has no foundation in science and should be abandoned.

Margarita Salas was a courageous role model. She was the first woman to chair a big biomedical research centre, to be president of the Spanish Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Society, and the first to be elected to several academies.

A hidden internal structure in Khufu’s Pyramid, the largest pyramid in Giza, Egypt, is uncovered

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A mutation causing a heritable heart condition has been corrected in preimplantation human embryos using CRISPR–Cas9

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Brazilian researchers investigating the cause and extent of wildfires in the Amazon are so afraid for their jobs that they have published their findings in a leading journal anonymously, reports @john_pickrell  for @NatureIndex .

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