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Mechanism behind mega-heatwaves pinpointed

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 2:21pm

Two recent record hot spells traced to feedback loop between dry soils and trapped air.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15078

How to make graphene in a kitchen blender

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 2:21pm

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NSF pulls support for quake observatory

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 2:21pm

Troubled project sought to observe tremors from deep within the San Andreas fault.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15076

X-ray method could improve nuclear screening

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 2:21pm

Rapid imaging technique adapted from medical applications shows promise in detection of nuclear materials.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15071

Moon dust probe crashes

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 2:21pm

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Bouncing neutrons probe dark energy on a table-top

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 2:21pm

An experiment measuring gravity's effects at the quantum scale finds no deviations from Newton's laws.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15062

How to build a Neanderthal

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 2:21pm

Epigenetic maps help to explain how archaic humans differed from modern ones despite having very similar DNA sequences.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15063

Earth-sized exoplanet spotted in star’s habitable zone

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 2:21pm

New-found world orbits a cool, dim star, and might even contain water.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15066

White dwarf acts as cosmic magnifying glass

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 2:21pm

Planet-hunting telescope sees long-predicted gravitational lensing of star in binary system by its companion.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15072

Female insect uses spiky penis to take charge

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 2:21pm

Brazilian cave creatures's marathon sex sessions extract nourishment along with sperm from reluctant male.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15064

Scientists find protein that unites sperm and egg

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 2:21pm

Newly discovered molecule plays crucial role in conception.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15058

Toxicology: The plastics puzzle

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 2:21pm

When toxicologists warned that the plastics ingredient BPA might be harmful, consumers clamoured for something new. But problems persist.

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Beware of backroom deals in the name of 'science'

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 2:21pm

The term 'sound science' has become Orwellian double-speak for various forms of pro-business spin, says Colin Macilwain.

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Seven days: 11–17 April 2014

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 2:21pm

The week in science: Japan reapproves use of nuclear power, second sighting of an exotic tetraquark, and biotech stocks plunge.

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Mini satellites prove their scientific power

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 2:21pm

Proliferation of ‘CubeSats’ offers fresh and fast way to gather space data.

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Hepatitis C drugs not reaching poor

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:21pm

Treatment guidelines for virus highlight challenge of paying for expensive drugs in low-income countries.

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Panel homes in on sites for γ-ray detector

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:21pm

Cherenkov Telescope Array will track high-energy photons to probe black holes, dark matter and relativity.

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IPCC report under fire

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:21pm

Critics attack panel’s lack of specific guidance on how countries should lower emissions.

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Biologist defiant over stem-cell method

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:21am

Japanese author of controversial papers denies wrongdoing and stands by results as testing of her protocol begins.

Nature 508 299 doi: 10.1038/508299a

Power from the oceans: Blue energy

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:21am

After years in the doldrums, the quest to harvest energy from the oceans is gathering speed.

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