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Robot reveals surprisingly thick Antarctic sea ice

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 11:21am

Underwater survey questions longstanding assumptions about ice surrounding continent.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16397

Lucy discoverer on the ancestor people relate to

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 10:21am

Donald Johanson reflects on the enduring charisma of the Australopithecus afarensis fossil he found 40 years ago.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16379

Mathematical time law governs crowd flow

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 8:21am

Pedestrians avoid bumping into each other by anticipating when their paths would collide.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16385

ITER's new chief will shake up troubled fusion reactor

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 7:21am

Bernard Bigot, the next director-general of ITER, plans to reform the decentralized structure of the project.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16396

Barley fuelled farmers' spread onto Tibetan plateau

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 5:21am

Cold-tolerant crop enabled high-altitude agriculture some 3,600 years ago.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16382

Seven days: 14–20 November

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:21pm

The week in science: China and United States announce plans to cut emissions; European Commission scraps chief science adviser post; and pharma firm Actavis announces a US$66-billion takeover.

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Openness in science is key to keeping public trust

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:21pm

Silence stifles progress, says Mark Yarborough. The scientific enterprise needs a transparent culture that actively finds and fixes problems.

Nature 515 313 doi: 10.1038/515313a

Crisis mappers turn to citizen scientists

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:21pm

Crowdsourced disaster surveys strive for more reliability in online collaboration.

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Indirect costs: Keeping the lights on

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:21am

Every year, the US government gives research institutions billions of dollars towards infrastructure and administrative support. A Nature investigation reveals who is benefiting most.

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Developing world: Far-flung physics

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:21am

The International Centre for Theoretical Physics was set up to seed science in the developing world; 100,000 researchers later, it is still growing.

Nature 515 330 doi: 10.1038/515330a

India's 'yoga ministry' stirs doubts among scientists

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 8:21am

Ancient remedies and practices see a boost in government support, but evidence of their effectiveness is scarce.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16362

Banking culture primes people to cheat

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 8:21am

Individual bankers behave honestly — except when they think about their jobs.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16380

Crowdfunded Moon mission is serious about science

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 8:21am

Celebrity-backed lander aims to drill the lunar south pole within a decade.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16378

US government cracks down on clinical-trials reporting

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:21pm

Proposed regulations would close loopholes that allow researchers to hide negative data.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16390

‘Platinum’ genome takes on disease

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 6:21am

Disease sites targeted in assembly of more-complete version of the human genome sequence.

Nature 515 323 doi: 10.1038/515323a

Philae’s 64 hours of comet science yield rich data

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 6:21am

Comet lander is now hibernating, but has already altered our understanding of these objects.

Nature 515 319 doi: 10.1038/515319a

Transparent brains reveal effects of cocaine and fear

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:21pm

Circuits that respond to addiction and terror are modelled in three dimensions.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16365

US Congress’s 'rocket scientist' to lead world’s largest science organization

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:21pm

Representative Rush Holt on science in Congress: “There are some real frustrations.”

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16381

Europe's bird-flu outbreaks pose little risk to humans

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:21pm

Impact of the viruses will be felt mostly by farmers.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16367

First clues found in mysterious sea star die-off

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:21pm

DNA analyses link outbreak along North America's Pacific Coast to a densovirus.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16359