The week in science: Snail discovery revives publishing spat; proposed nuclear-waste site passes key US safety evaluation; and biopharmaceutical firm AbbVie cools on US$54-billion takeover deal.
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Government to cease funding gain-of-function studies that make viruses more dangerous, pending a safety assessment.
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Hybrid methods to solve structures of molecular machines create a storage headache.
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A palaeontologist wonders whether the future fossil record will preserve evidence of animals that vanish today.
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Bioethicists are setting up consultancies for research — but some scientists question whether they are needed.
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November vote is unlikely to break a political stalemate that has squeezed research funding.
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Space telescope beats mechanical failures to begin a second mission that will trace new celestial targets.
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The closure of a 40-year project to understand and protect seabirds shows the false priorities of funders, warns Tim Birkhead.
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Six scientists and one official contend that they never reassured the public before deadly 2009 L'Aquila quake.
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Mars orbiters emerge unscathed from planet's close encounter with comet Siding Spring.
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Evidence of bony organs in ancient, armour-plated fish suggests that they copulated even though many of their descendants stopped doing so.
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X-ray data hinting at axion particles draw interest and cautionary warnings.
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Company claims it will have a working reactor in a decade.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16169
The rules in place to prevent pandemics vary from one US state to the next, and even more so between different countries.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16172
Mountaintop facility in Azores can track pollution from North America.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16132
Researchers allegedly embezzled funding for science 'megaprojects'.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16152
Atmospheric conditions and human actions combined to drive the 1930s mega-drought.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16157
Death linked to drugs whose use in cattle devastated vulture populations in India.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16161
Scientists can help to develop a financial safety net by providing transparent market data and loss-impact analysis, says Erwann Michel-Kerjan.
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The week in science: Disaster strikes Taiwanese research vessel, UK launches its first space-weather forecasting centre, and ancient Greek shipwreck yields fresh booty.
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