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Antimicrobial resistance follows meat boom
Farm animals in India and northeast China are becoming more resistant to common antimicrobial drugs — a worrying trend that is rising as meat production increases in the developing world. Hotspots of drug resistance are also emerging in Kenya, Uruguay and Brazil, according to a study of antimicrobial resistance in livestock.
Why 300 scientists are going adrift
Germany’s biggest research vessel, Polarstern, is on its way to get trapped in the Arctic sea ice for a year — on purpose. The ship will host a rotating crew of some 300 scientists from 17 countries to give them their closest ever look at how the polar climate, and its fragile ecosystems, are changing. “We will go and do science wherever the ice might carry us,” says chief scientist Markus Rex.
Misconduct in ‘mind-reading’ research
A prominent neuroscientist committed scientific misconduct in his study of ‘locked in’ patients, says Germany’s main research agency, the DFG. Niels Birbaumer’s high-profile work investigated whether a brain-monitoring technique could determine whether people with a paralysing neurodegenerative condition were silently answering ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to simple questions. The DFG says the data in the study were incomplete — but Birbaumer stands by his results.
FEATURES & OPINION
Look to the oceans
For many, the sea is out of sight and out of mind, says policy adviser Janis Searles Jones. That means the dangers that oceans face from climate change — and their immense potential to help solve it — are often overlooked. This month, for the first time, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will issue a stand-alone assessment of oceans and coasts. Let this open the doors to action, urges Searles Jones.
Highly impractical advice
Cartoonist Randall Munroe of XKCD fame tells the Nature Podcast about his new book of bizarre thought experiments, How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems.
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100-year-old roots of the Green New Deal
In December 1919, John Maynard Keynes’s hastily-penned critique of globalization and inequity, The Economic Consequences of the Peace, helped give rise to the twentieth century’s golden age of economic stability, writes reviewer Ann Pettifor. Pettifor explores its astonishing contemporary resonance a century later.
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