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Ancient wolf genome pushes back dawn of the dog

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:21am

DNA from 35,000-year-old Siberian wolf suggests that domesticated dogs emerged thousands of years earlier than previously thought.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17607

Global ocean trawl reveals plethora of new lifeforms

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 8:21am

Three-year Tara Oceans project publishes first analyses of rich diversity of planktonic life.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17612

The week in science: 15–21 May 2015

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 6:21am

WHO outlines plans for a crisis fund in wake of Ebola; rules to curb polar pollution agreed; and newly discovered rodent is named after James Bond.

Nature 521 264 doi: 10.1038/521264a

No more hidden solutions in bioinformatics

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 6:21am

Precision medicine cannot advance without full disclosure of how commercial genome sequencing and interpretation software works, says Mauno Vihinen.

Nature 521 261 doi: 10.1038/521261a

Congress seeks to quash patent trolls

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:21am

Revised legislation would spare universities from being penalized in the same way as unscrupulous companies.

Nature 521 270 doi: 10.1038/521270a

Quantum physics: What is really real?

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 9:21am

A wave of experiments is probing the root of quantum weirdness.

Nature 521 278 doi: 10.1038/521278a

Deepwater Horizon oil spill linked to Gulf of Mexico dolphin deaths

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:21am

Animals suffered from adrenal and lung problems that are consistent with exposure to petroleum.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17609

Billion-dollar particle collider gets thumbs up

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:21pm

Proposed US electron–ion smasher wins endorsement from influential nuclear-science panel.

Nature 521 272 doi: 10.1038/521272a

Reproducibility crisis: Blame it on the antibodies

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:21am

Antibodies are the workhorses of biological experiments, but they are littering the field with false findings. A few evangelists are pushing for change.

Nature 521 274 doi: 10.1038/521274a

Panda guts not suited to digesting bamboo

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:21pm

Bear’s microbiome shows poor evolutionary adaptation to the fibrous food.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17582

'Young blood' anti-ageing mechanism called into question

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:21pm

A protein in the blood of young mice that seemed to rejuvenate older animals may do the opposite.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17583

Engineered yeast paves way for home-brew heroin

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:21pm

Advance holds potential for better opiate painkillers — but raises concerns about illicit use.

Nature 521 267 doi: 10.1038/251267a

Artificial intelligence joins hunt for human–animal diseases

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:21am

Model predicts that the midwestern United States and Central Asia are at high risk for outbreaks of rodent-borne pathogens.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17568

Indian Ocean may be key to global warming 'hiatus'

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:21am

Upper ocean may be storing heat, giving atmosphere a break.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17505

US science academies take on human-genome editing

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 8:21am

National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine to develop guidelines for rapidly advancing technology to modify human embryos and germ cells.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17581

Physics paper sets record with more than 5,000 authors

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:21pm

Detector teams at the Large Hadron Collider collaborated for a more precise estimate of the size of the Higgs boson.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17567

UK universities slow to publish reports of misconduct investigations

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 7:21pm

Few institutions have followed research integrity guidelines to the letter.

Nature 521 271 doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17559

Aid burst lifts people out of extreme poverty

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:21am

Huge experiment across six nations shows lasting benefits from short-term support.

Nature 521 269 doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17560

Seven days: 8–14 May 2015

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:21am

The week in science: first Arab mission to Mars; guidance on disease-naming without offence; and atmospheric carbon dioxide passes a symbolic threshold.

Nature 521 130 doi: 10.1038/521130a

Ebola failures prompt WHO rethink

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 7:21am

Health agency’s annual meeting will address shortcomings in outbreak response highlighted by West Africa crisis.

Nature 521 137 doi: 10.1038/521137a