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Cyanide cloud puts a chill in Titan's air

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:21pm

Icy particles high above south pole of Saturn moon create hiccups in atmospheric models.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16035

Moon's largest plain is not an impact crater

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:21pm

Gravity data suggest flats of volcanic basalt formed from tectonic stretching.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16041

Seven days: 26 September–2 October

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:21pm

The week in science: Japanese volcano erupts, India's Mars mission enters orbit, and Obama orders massive expansion of marine reserve.

Nature 514 10 doi: 10.1038/514010a

Astronomy: To catch a cosmic ray

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:21pm

The Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina has spent almost ten years looking for the source of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays — but to no avail. Now the observatory faces an uncertain future.

Nature 514 20 doi: 10.1038/514020a

Steven Pinker on his sense of style

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:21pm

The Harvard psychologist offers a writing guide based on how the mind works.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16052

The first South Americans: Extreme living

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:21pm

After humans arrived in South America, they quickly spread into some of its most remote corners.

Nature 514 24 doi: 10.1038/514024a

Ebola outbreak shuts down malaria-control efforts

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:21pm

Public-health experts fear that one epidemic may fuel another in West Africa.

Nature 514 15 doi: 10.1038/514015a

Tibetan plateau gets wired up for monsoon prediction

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:21pm

Largest and highest plateau in the world has outsized impact on climate.

Nature 514 16 doi: 10.1038/514016a

Images of the month: September 2014

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:21pm

Pictures from the world of science, selected by Nature ’s art team.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16043

Water politics must adapt to a warming world

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:21pm

As rainfall patterns shift, technological and legislative changes are needed to address water shortages, says Moshe Alamaro.

Nature 514 7 doi: 10.1038/514007a

Biopiracy ban stirs red-tape fears

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:21pm

Critics worry Nagoya Protocol will hamper disease monitoring.

Nature 514 14 doi: 10.1038/514014a

Fast genetic sequencing saves newborn lives

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:21pm

Infants with mysterious conditions stand to benefit — but technique raises ethical questions.

Nature 514 13 doi: 10.1038/514013a

Astronomy data bounty spurs debate over access

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:21pm

Small institutions fear exclusion from Large Synoptic Survey Telescope's benefits.

Nature 514 18 doi: 10.1038/514018a

Quantum bits get their first compression

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:21pm

Physicists show how to encode three quantum bits using just two.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15961

Why Japan missed volcano's warning signs

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:21pm

Mount Ontake's eruption killed at least 12 people. Could a better early-warning system have saved them?

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16022

Earth has water older than the Sun

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:21pm

Not all water in the Solar System today could have formed here, researchers say.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16011

Forensic chemistry could stop African-plant thieves

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:21pm

Isotope analysis could help in the rush to save South Africa's cycads from extinction.

Nature 514 17 doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16010

Force of nature gave life its asymmetry

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:21am

'Left-handed' electrons destroy certain organic molecules faster than their mirror versions.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15995

Stone Age groups made similar toolmaking breakthroughs

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:21am

No mysterious migration required to explain how chipping technique appeared in different continents.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16002

UN climate summit scores high on passion

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:21am

Challenge ahead is to ensure that the enthusiasm translates into firm commitments.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16003