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Humanity's cultural history captured in 5-minute film

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:21pm

Video map of births and deaths shows rise and fall of cultural centres.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15650

Mysterious Siberian crater attributed to methane

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:21pm

Build-up and release of gas from thawing permafrost most probable explanation, says Russian team.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15649

Five-year delay would spell end of ITER

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:21pm

Osamu Motojima, head of the international fusion project, speaks out on delays, leaks and rumours.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15621

'Octomom' sets gestation record

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:21pm

Deep-sea octopus broods eggs for more than four years.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15646

Largest ever Ebola outbreak is not a global threat

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:21pm

Although the virus is exerting a heavy toll in West Africa, it does not spread easily.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15640

Asteroids wreaked havoc on early Earth

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:21pm

Model based on Moon's craters could help to establish when life emerged.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15644

Dam removals: Rivers on the run

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:21pm

As the United States destroys its old dams, species are streaming back into the unfettered rivers.

Nature 511 521 doi: 10.1038/511521a

Cancer biomarkers: Written in blood

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:21pm

DNA circulating in the bloodstream could guide cancer treatment — if researchers can work out how best to use it.

Nature 511 524 doi: 10.1038/511524a

Cause is not everything in mental illness

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:21pm

Welcome steps have been made in uncovering a biological basis for schizophrenia, but for many, the question of ‘why’ is unimportant, says David Adam.

Nature 511 509 doi: 10.1038/511509a

Seven days: 25–31 July 2014

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:21pm

The week in science: Scripps president resigns; record-breaking drive on Mars; and Poland creates a space agency.

Nature 511 512 doi: 10.1038/511512a

Project drills deep into coming quake

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:21pm

Sensors in borehole at New Zealand seismic fault will peek under the surface of impending rupture.

Nature 511 516 doi: 10.1038/511516a

Contamination hits cell work

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:21pm

Mycoplasma infestations are widespread and costing laboratories millions of dollars in lost research.

Nature 511 518 doi: 10.1038/511518a

FDA debates trial-data secrecy

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:21pm

US drug regulator weighs up merits of disclosing preliminary results.

Nature 511 519 doi: 10.1038/511519a

Ebola treatments caught in limbo

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:21pm

Logistics and lack of funds keep experimental drugs and vaccines from being used in Africa outbreak.

Nature 511 520 doi: 10.1038/511520a

Biosafety controls come under fire

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:21pm

Experts call for a stronger safety culture at secure sites after incidents involving anthrax and flu in a US laboratory.

Nature 511 515 doi: 10.1038/511515a

Transparency promised for vilified impact factor

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:21pm

Thomson Reuters vows to be clearer about how science's most misused metric is calculated.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15642

Dinosaur-killing asteroid hit at just the wrong time

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 9:21am

Animals might have survived if impact happened a few million years earlier or later.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15616

Flaws emerge in RNA method to build tree of life

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:21pm

Study finds problems with alluringly simple way to tease out evolutionary relationships through microRNA.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15625

Satellites reveal extent of groundwater loss in western United States

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 2:21pm

Drought-stricken Colorado River basin is drawing down underground supplies.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15623

'Hot Jupiter' measurements throw water on theory

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 1:21pm

Dry atmospheres of three exoplanets challenge ideas of how planets form.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15618