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EU leaders hammer out landmark climate deal

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:21pm

Greenhouse gas emissions to be cut by at least 40% by 2030, relative to 1990 levels.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16218

A quantum world arising from many ordinary ones

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:21pm

Radical theory proposes that interactions between classical worlds can explain some quantum phenomena.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16213

Ferns communicate to decide their sexes

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:21pm

Older generations release pheromones to balance the sex ratio in youngsters.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16214

Cancer cells can ‘infect’ normal neighbours

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:21pm

Tiny RNAs shed by tumours can transform healthy cells into cancerous ones.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16212

Viral-research moratorium called too broad

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:21pm

US government ban on research into enhanced pathogens also affects flu surveillance and vaccine work.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16211

Oldest-known human genome sequenced

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:21pm

DNA shows a group of modern humans roamed across Asia.

Nature 514 413 doi: 10.1038/514413a

The discovery of Homo floresiensis: Tales of the hobbit

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:21pm

In 2004, researchers announced the discovery of Homo floresiensis , a small relative of modern humans that lived as recently as 18,000 years ago. The ‘hobbit’ is now considered the most important hominin fossil in a generation. Here, the scientists behind the find tell its story.

Nature 514 422 doi: 10.1038/514422a

Hobbit mystery endures a decade on

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:21pm

Four scientists recall the discovery of Homo floresiensis and discuss the still-open question of its place in human evolution.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16204

Heavy comet traffic around young star

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:21pm

Environment of β Pictoris echoes Solar System’s turbulent early years.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16201

Fossils reveal 'beer-bellied' dinosaur

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:21pm

Waddling Deinocheirus was almost as big as a Tyrannosaurus rex.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16203

Seven days: 17–23 October 2014

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:21pm

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.

Nature 514 408 doi: 10.1038/514408a

US suspends risky disease research

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:21pm

Government to cease funding gain-of-function studies that make viruses more dangerous, pending a safety assessment.

Nature 514 411 doi: 10.1038/514411a

Data bank struggles as protein imaging ups its game

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:21pm

Hybrid methods to solve structures of molecular machines create a storage headache.

Nature 514 416 doi: 10.1038/514416a

US midterm elections offer little hope for science

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:21pm

November vote is unlikely to break a political stalemate that has squeezed research funding.

Nature 514 412 doi: 10.1038/514412a

Stormy outlook for long-term ecology studies

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:21pm

The closure of a 40-year project to understand and protect seabirds shows the false priorities of funders, warns Tim Birkhead.

Nature 514 405 doi: 10.1038/514405a

Sun’s stroke keeps Kepler online

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:21am

Space telescope beats mechanical failures to begin a second mission that will trace new celestial targets.

Nature 514 414 doi: 10.1038/514414a

Human-subjects research: The ethics squad

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:21pm

Bioethicists are setting up consultancies for research — but some scientists question whether they are needed.

Nature 514 418 doi: 10.1038/514418a

The invisible extinction

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:21pm

A palaeontologist wonders whether the future fossil record will preserve evidence of animals that vanish today.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16183

Comet buzzes Mars

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:21pm

Mars orbiters emerge unscathed from planet's close encounter with comet Siding Spring.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16178

Italian seismologists fight to overturn convictions

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:21am

Six scientists and one official contend that they never reassured the public before deadly 2009 L'Aquila quake.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16179