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Global initiative targets progressive multiple sclerosis

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:21pm

Goal to develop treatments for a refractory form of the disease.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15948

Hacked photosynthesis could boost crop yields

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:21pm

Algal enzyme can speed up rate at which plants make food.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15949

Monster black hole found in tiny galaxy

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:21pm

Discovery hints at twice as many supermassive black holes in the nearby Universe than previously thought.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15953

Climate simulation doubles Sahara's age

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:21pm

A shrinking sea off northern Africa triggered the desert's formation 7 million years ago, study suggest.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15954

Sugar substitutes linked to obesity

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:21pm

Artificial sweetener seems to change gut microbiome.

Nature 513 290 doi: 10.1038/513290a

Seven days: 12–18 September 2014

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:21pm

The week in science: Swiss scientists regain access to EU grants, Canadian archaeologists find long-lost ship, and Japanese regulators move to restart nuclear power.

Nature 513 284 doi: 10.1038/513284a

United States commits troops and cash to Ebola fight

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:21pm

Obama pledges 3,000 personnel and roughly $750 million to stem outbreak in West Africa.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15946

UN sustainability goals need quantified targets

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:21pm

Scientists must step up and secure meaningful objectives if they are to protect both people and planet, says Mark Stafford-Smith.

Nature 513 281 doi: 10.1038/513281a

Climate summit previews push for new global treaty

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:21pm

United Nations meeting aims to spark enthusiasm for a 2015 emissions pact.

Nature 513 289 doi: 10.1038/513289a

Indian Mars craft prepares for orbit

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:21pm

Mangalyaan aims to be Asia’s first successful Martian mission.

Nature 513 291 doi: 10.1038/513291a

Japan stem-cell trial stirs envy

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:21pm

Researchers elsewhere can’t wait to test iPS cells in humans.

Nature 513 287 doi: 10.1038/513287a

Lander to aim for comet’s ‘head’

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:21pm

Touchdown site for Rosetta probe chosen unanimously.

Nature 513 288 doi: 10.1038/513288a

Cross-bred crops get fit faster

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:21pm

Genetic engineering lags behind conventional breeding in efforts to create drought-resistant maize.

Nature 513 292 doi: 10.1038/513292a

Will the Ebola virus go airborne?

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:21pm

Experts say the possibility remains remote.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15943

Diversity: Pride in science

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:21pm

The sciences can be a sanctuary for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, but biases may still discourage many from coming out.

Nature 513 297 doi: 10.1038/513297a

Charities chief: 'Pharma blockbusters are gone'

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:21pm

Incoming chief executive of the Association of Medical Research Charities lays out what the country needs.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15849

Hitchcock thriller reveals busy mind in 'vegetative' man

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 2:21pm

Brain scans from a man who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years show activity similar to that of healthy viewers.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15918

Rosetta comet lander gets a touch-down site

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 2:21pm

Philae probe will land on ‘head’ of rubber-duck-shaped comet.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15925

Artificial spleen cleans up blood

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 2:21pm

Device improves survival in rats after severe infections.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15917

Invasive-species control: Bounty hunters

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:21pm

Destructive lionfish are invading coral reefs in the Americas, but fishing competitions can help to keep the problem species in check.

Nature 513 294 doi: 10.1038/513294a