Older generations release pheromones to balance the sex ratio in youngsters.
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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.
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Government to cease funding gain-of-function studies that make viruses more dangerous, pending a safety assessment.
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DNA shows a group of modern humans roamed across Asia.
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Hybrid methods to solve structures of molecular machines create a storage headache.
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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.
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Environment of β Pictoris echoes Solar System’s turbulent early years.
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Waddling Deinocheirus was almost as big as a Tyrannosaurus rex.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16203
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
The closure of a 40-year project to understand and protect seabirds shows the false priorities of funders, warns Tim Birkhead.
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November vote is unlikely to break a political stalemate that has squeezed research funding.
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Space telescope beats mechanical failures to begin a second mission that will trace new celestial targets.
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Bioethicists are setting up consultancies for research — but some scientists question whether they are needed.
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A palaeontologist wonders whether the future fossil record will preserve evidence of animals that vanish today.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16183
Mars orbiters emerge unscathed from planet's close encounter with comet Siding Spring.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16178
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
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
Company claims it will have a working reactor in a decade.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16169
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
X-ray data hinting at axion particles draw interest and cautionary warnings.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16174