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    Nature asked nine leading Europeans to pick their top priority for science at this pivotal point. Love, money, and trust got most votes.

    • Carlos Moedas
    • , Isabelle Vernos
    • , Stephan Kuster
    • , Helga Nowotny
    • , Andrea Saltelli
    • , Alina Mungiu-Pippidi
    • , Jan Wouter Vasbinder
    • , Daniel R. Brooks
    •  & Patrick Cunningham
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    Proactive, cosmopolitan and open, the European Union is filling a leadership void on the global stage, argue James Wilsdon and Sarah de Rijcke.

    • James Wilsdon
    •  & Sarah de Rijcke
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    A strategic mix of solar, wind and storage technologies around river basins would be safer and cheaper than building large dams, argue Rafael J. P. Schmitt, Noah Kittner and colleagues.

    • Rafael J. P. Schmitt
    • , Noah Kittner
    • , G. Mathias Kondolf
    •  & Daniel M. Kammen
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    Focusing on the bottom few per cent, not averages, is the best way to tackle poverty, argue Mark Pelling and Matthias Garschagen.

    • Mark Pelling
    •  & Matthias Garschagen
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    Build a global network for mapping, modelling and managing agriculture, biodiversity, trade and nutrition, argue Guido Schmidt-Traub, Michael Obersteiner and Aline Mosnier.

    • Guido Schmidt-Traub
    • , Michael Obersteiner
    •  & Aline Mosnier
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    The shocking announcement of genetically modified babies creates an opportunity to overhaul the nation’s science, argue Ruipeng Lei and colleagues.

    • Ruipeng Lei
    • , Xiaomei Zhai
    • , Wei Zhu
    •  & Renzong Qiu
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    Transitioning to a low-carbon world will create new rivalries, winners and losers, argue Andreas Goldthau, Kirsten Westphal and colleagues.

    • Morgan Bazilian
    • , Michael Bradshaw
    • , Andreas Goldthau
    •  & Kirsten Westphal
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    The sudden collapse of thawing soils in the Arctic might double the warming from greenhouse gases released from tundra, warn Merritt R. Turetsky and colleagues.

    • Merritt R. Turetsky
    • , Benjamin W. Abbott
    • , Miriam C. Jones
    • , Katey Walter Anthony
    • , David Olefeldt
    • , Edward A. G. Schuur
    • , Charles Koven
    • , A. David McGuire
    • , Guido Grosse
    • , Peter Kuhry
    • , Gustaf Hugelius
    • , David M. Lawrence
    • , Carolyn Gibson
    •  & A. Britta K. Sannel
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    Skyscrapers in cities rob people of sunlight and put human health, well-being and sustainability at risk, warn Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska and Kyra Xavia.

    • Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska
    •  & Kyra Xavia
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    Researchers need guidance on animal use and the many issues opened up by a new study on whole-brain restoration, argue Nita A. Farahany, Henry T. Greely and Charles M. Giattino.

    • Nita A. Farahany
    • , Henry T. Greely
    •  & Charles M. Giattino
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    Policymakers should harness data to deliver public services that are responsive, efficient and fair, urge Helen Margetts and Cosmina Dorobantu.

    • Helen Margetts
    •  & Cosmina Dorobantu
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    An analysis of global soya-bean production forecasts massive deforestation in Brazil — stakeholders must act fast to prevent it, warn Richard Fuchs and colleagues.

    • Richard Fuchs
    • , Peter Alexander
    • , Calum Brown
    • , Frances Cossar
    • , Roslyn C. Henry
    •  & Mark Rounsevell
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    Valentin Amrhein, Sander Greenland, Blake McShane and more than 800 signatories call for an end to hyped claims and the dismissal of possibly crucial effects.

    • Valentin Amrhein
    • , Sander Greenland
    •  & Blake McShane
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    Eric Lander, Françoise Baylis, Feng Zhang, Emmanuelle Charpentier, Paul Berg and specialists from seven countries call for an international governance framework.

    • Eric S. Lander
    • , Françoise Baylis
    • , Feng Zhang
    • , Emmanuelle Charpentier
    • , Paul Berg
    • , Catherine Bourgain
    • , Bärbel Friedrich
    • , J. Keith Joung
    • , Jinsong Li
    • , David Liu
    • , Luigi Naldini
    • , Jing-Bao Nie
    • , Renzong Qiu
    • , Bettina Schoene-Seifert
    • , Feng Shao
    • , Sharon Terry
    • , Wensheng Wei
    •  & Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker
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    Incredibly thin transistors could deliver even more powerful computers if three research challenges can be solved, argue Ming-Yang Li and colleagues.

    • Ming-Yang Li
    • , Sheng-Kai Su
    • , H.-S. Philip Wong
    •  & Lain-Jong Li
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    Real materials rarely behave like their digital counterparts. Stability of the compounds must be part of the burden of proof for predicting the complex properties of matter, urges Alex Zunger.

    • Alex Zunger
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    Viruses hold solutions to a lot of problems, so let’s fund and reward cataloguing, urge Jens H. Kuhn and colleagues.

    • Jens H. Kuhn
    • , Yuri I. Wolf
    • , Mart Krupovic
    • , Yong-Zhen Zhang
    • , Piet Maes
    • , Valerian V. Dolja
    •  & Eugene V. Koonin
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    Research needs an authoritative forum to hash out collective problems, argue C. K. Gunsalus, Marcia K. McNutt and colleagues.

    • C. K. Gunsalus
    • , Marcia K. McNutt
    • , Brian C. Martinson
    • , Larry R. Faulkner
    •  & Robert M. Nerem
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    Combine pockets of rural land, reduce food waste, improve farming and encourage urbanites to eat less meat, urge Baojing Gu and colleagues.

    • Baojing Gu
    • , Xiaoling Zhang
    • , Xuemei Bai
    • , Bojie Fu
    •  & Deli Chen
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    Brigitte Van Tiggelen and Annette Lykknes spotlight female researchers who discovered elements and their properties.

    • Brigitte Van Tiggelen
    •  & Annette Lykknes
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    Analysis reveals commercial tests for Ebola are too hard to come by in the current outbreak — sustain investment, urge Lieselotte Cnops, Kevin K. Ariën and colleagues.

    • Lieselotte Cnops
    • , Birgit De Smet
    • , Placide Mbala-Kingebeni
    • , Johan van Griensven
    • , Steve Ahuka-Mundeke
    •  & Kevin K. Ariën
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    Humanoid machines should move and gesture more like us, argues Amy LaViers.

    • Amy LaViers
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    Survey shows charges on emissions could be popular if revenues are given back to citizens, find Stefano Carattini, Steffen Kallbekken and Anton Orlov.

    • Stefano Carattini
    • , Steffen Kallbekken
    •  & Anton Orlov
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    A new analysis of biomedical awards over five decades shows men receive more cash and more respect for their research than women do, report Brian Uzzi and colleagues.

    • Yifang Ma
    • , Diego F. M. Oliveira
    • , Teresa K. Woodruff
    •  & Brian Uzzi
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    Set up an international platform to share data and experiences, and coordinate industrial policies and trade to conserve resources and energy, urge Yong Geng, Joseph Sarkis and Raimund Bleischwitz.

    • Yong Geng
    • , Joseph Sarkis
    •  & Raimund Bleischwitz
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    Tracking moisture, snow and meltwater across the ‘third pole’ will help communities to plan for climate change, argue Jing Gao and colleagues.

    • Jing Gao
    • , Tandong Yao
    • , Valérie Masson-Delmotte
    • , Hans Christian Steen-Larsen
    •  & Weicai Wang
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    Promising immunizations for diseases that affect mostly people in low- and middle-income countries need help getting to market, urge David C. Kaslow and colleagues.

    • David C. Kaslow
    • , Steve Black
    • , David E. Bloom
    • , Mahima Datla
    • , David Salisbury
    •  & Rino Rappuoli
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    International discussion must guide research, urge Nicolas Rivron, Martin Pera and colleagues.

    • Nicolas Rivron
    • , Martin Pera
    • , Janet Rossant
    • , Alfonso Martinez Arias
    • , Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz
    • , Jianping Fu
    • , Susanne van den Brink
    • , Annelien Bredenoord
    • , Wybo Dondorp
    • , Guido de Wert
    • , Insoo Hyun
    • , Megan Munsie
    •  & Rosario Isasi
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    With sources of renewable energy spreading fast, all sectors can do more to decarbonize the world, argue Christiana Figueres and colleagues.

    • Christiana Figueres
    • , Corinne Le Quéré
    • , Anand Mahindra
    • , Oliver Bäte
    • , Gail Whiteman
    • , Glen Peters
    •  & Dabo Guan
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    Take these eight steps to make soils more resilient to drought, produce more food and store emissions, urge Cornelia Rumpel and colleagues.

    • Cornelia Rumpel
    • , Farshad Amiraslani
    • , Lydie-Stella Koutika
    • , Pete Smith
    • , David Whitehead
    •  & Eva Wollenberg
  • Comment |

    Misleading terminology and arbitrary divisions stymie drug trials and can give false hope about the potential of tailoring drugs to individuals, warns Stephen Senn.

    • Stephen Senn
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    Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will founder unless they integrate quantum technologies, warn Aleksey K. Fedorov, Evgeniy O. Kiktenko and Alexander I. Lvovsky.

    • Aleksey K. Fedorov
    • , Evgeniy O. Kiktenko
    •  & Alexander I. Lvovsky
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    Access to evidence from disappointing drug-development programmes advances the whole scientific process, explain Enrica Alteri and Lorenzo Guizzaro.

    • Enrica Alteri
    •  & Lorenzo Guizzaro
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    Global conservation policy must stop the disappearance of Earth’s few intact ecosystems, warn James E. M. Watson, James R. Allan and colleagues.

    • James E. M. Watson
    • , Oscar Venter
    • , Jasmine Lee
    • , Kendall R. Jones
    • , John G. Robinson
    • , Hugh P. Possingham
    •  & James R. Allan
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    Governments should use patents to shape the deployment of CRISPR–Cas9 as they have done for past technologies, argues Shobita Parthasarathy.

    • Shobita Parthasarathy
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    Using artificial intelligence to predict outbursts of violence and probe their causes could save lives, argue Weisi Guo, Kristian Gleditsch and Alan Wilson.

    • Weisi Guo
    • , Kristian Gleditsch
    •  & Alan Wilson
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    Sand-grain-sized computers, self-healing materials and constellations of craft would reboot our reach, explain Igor Levchenko, Michael Keidar and colleagues.

    • Igor Levchenko
    • , Michael Keidar
    • , Jim Cantrell
    • , Yue-Liang Wu
    • , Hitoshi Kuninaka
    • , Kateryna Bazaka
    •  & Shuyan Xu
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    Three examples show how public participation in research can be extended at every step of the process to generate useful knowledge.

    • Gary Hickey
    • , Tessa Richards
    •  & Jeff Sheehy
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    To assess whether research is relevant to society, ask the stakeholders, say Catherine Durose, Liz Richardson and Beth Perry.

    • Catherine Durose
    • , Liz Richardson
    •  & Beth Perry
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    Confusion about mesenchymal stem cells is making it easier for people to sell unproven treatments, warn Douglas Sipp, Pamela G. Robey and Leigh Turner.

    • Douglas Sipp
    • , Pamela G. Robey
    •  & Leigh Turner