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Ferns communicate to decide their sexes

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:21pm

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

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16214

Seven days: 17–23 October 2014

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 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

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 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

Oldest-known human genome sequenced

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 6:21am

DNA shows a group of modern humans roamed across Asia.

Nature 514 413 doi: 10.1038/514413a

Data bank struggles as protein imaging ups its game

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 8:21pm

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

Nature 514 416 doi: 10.1038/514416a

The discovery of Homo floresiensis: Tales of the hobbit

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:21pm

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

Heavy comet traffic around young star

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:21pm

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

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16201

Fossils reveal 'beer-bellied' dinosaur

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:21pm

Waddling Deinocheirus was almost as big as a Tyrannosaurus rex.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16203

Hobbit mystery endures a decade on

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:21am

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

Stormy outlook for long-term ecology studies

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:21am

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

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

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

Fossils rewrite history of penetrative sex

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:21pm

Evidence of bony organs in ancient, armour-plated fish suggests that they copulated even though many of their descendants stopped doing so.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16173

Lockheed Martin's fusion goals meet scepticism

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:21pm

Company claims it will have a working reactor in a decade.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16169

Can quarantines and travel bans thwart Ebola?

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:21pm

The rules in place to prevent pandemics vary from one US state to the next, and even more so between different countries.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16172

Physicists see potential dark matter from the Sun

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 8:21pm

X-ray data hinting at axion particles draw interest and cautionary warnings.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16174