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Plastic waste taints the ocean floors

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:21am

Tiny particles found in sea-floor sediment point to partial solution to 'missing plastic' problem.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16581

Comment pieces of 2014

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:21am

Our editors' picks of some of the best expert-authored opinion pieces of the year.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16588

Romanian prime minister relinquishes his PhD

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:21am

Victor Ponta says controversy over 2012 plagiarism charges is a distraction to his cabinet.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16583

Putin’s Russia divides and enrages scientists

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:21pm

Are geopolitical tensions destroying important links with the West, or can Russian research go it alone?

Nature 516 298 doi: 10.1038/516298a

Undersea robot explores life below Arctic ice

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:21pm

Nereid submersible expands view of polar ecosystems.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16577

Features of the year 2014

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:21pm

The best of Nature ’s longer reads, selected by our editors.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16563

Curiosity rover sniffs Martian methane

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:21pm

Background gas levels are low — but they spike periodically.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16578

First trials of blood-based Ebola therapy kick off

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:21pm

Trials of 'convalescent' plasma have begun in Liberia, and plasma and blood studies in Guinea and Sierra Leone will follow.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16564

Lima talks map out path to climate treaty

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:21pm

But much remains undecided over goal of reaching international agreement next year in Paris.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16557

US budget deal gives small increases to research

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:21pm

US President Obama expected to sign legislation that also includes $5.4 billion for Ebola fight.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16553

Cloud monitor to hitch a ride on the space station

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:21pm

NASA instrument will gather data to improve and refine climate models.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16522

Superconductivity record breaks under pressure

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:21am

Everyday compound reported to conduct electricity without resistance at a record-high temperature, outstripping more exotic materials.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16552

NIH ends longitudinal children’s study

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:21am

Budget and management problems sink plan to follow 100,000 children from birth to adulthood.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16556

Flock of geneticists redraws bird family tree

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:21am

Birds get fresh perches in revamped tree of life built by vast collaboration.

Nature 516 297 doi: 10.1038/516297a

Major cloud-seeding test gives mixed results

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:21pm

Rigorous evaluation suggests technique produces more snow — under certain conditions.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16537

Assess the real cost of research assessment

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:21pm

The Research Excellence Framework keeps UK science sharp, but the process is overly burdensome for institutions, says Peter M. Atkinson.

Nature 516 145 doi: 10.1038/516145a

Seven days: 5–11 December 2014

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:21pm

The week in science: NASA's Orion flight soars; James Watson's Nobel medal nabs US$4.1 million; and India becomes full partner in Thirty Meter Telescope

Nature 516 148 doi: 10.1038/516148a

Tsunami alerts fail to bridge the ‘last mile’

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:21pm

Ten years after the devastating Sumatra earthquake, warnings for the Indian Ocean go out, but often do not reach the people most at risk.

Nature 516 151 doi: 10.1038/516151a

Immune cells boost cancer survival from months to years

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:21am

Firms embrace costly immunotherapy to fight intractable leukaemias and lymphomas.

Nature 516 156 doi: 10.1038/516156a

Fate of ocean plastic remains a mystery

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:21pm

Surveys find less marine microplastic than expected.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16508