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Canadian budget pushes applied research

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 5:21am

Plan seeks to increase government partnerships with industry but downplays basic science.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17305

Chemistry: Degrees of separation

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 5:21am

Chemists hope to break China's monopoly on rare-earth elements by finding cheap, efficient ways to extract them from ore.

Nature 520 426 doi: 10.1038/520426a

Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 7:21pm

Rumours of germline modification prove true — and look set to reignite an ethical debate.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17378

A century of chemical warfare: nations reflect on grim anniversary

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:21pm

International community renews vows to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons as evidence grows of chlorine use in Syria.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17381

Hawaiian telescope project seeks way forward amid protests

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:21am

Demonstrators march against plan to construct Thirty Meter Telescope on the sacred mountain Mauna Kea.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17396

Chimpanzee ‘personhood’ case sows confusion

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:21pm

New York judge amends an order that animal rights group said granted a writ of habeas corpus to two research animals.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17398

Race to unravel Oklahoma’s artificial quakes

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:21pm

Earthquakes linked to oil and gas operations prompt further research into human-induced seismic hazards.

Nature 520 418 doi: 10.1038/520418a

Forensic science: The soil sleuth

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:21pm

Forensic geologist Lorna Dawson has pioneered methods to help convict criminals using the dirt from their shoes.

Nature 520 422 doi: 10.1038/520422a

Oldest stone tools raise questions about their creators

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:21pm

The 3.3-million-year-old implements predate the first members of the Homo genus.

Nature 520 421 doi: 10.1038/520421a

Hubble spies a stellar mystery

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 8:21am

Exploding star seems unlike any kind known.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17371

Dark matter may feel a "dark force" that the rest of the Universe does not

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:21pm

Image from colliding galaxies hints at nongravitational attractions between dark matter clumps.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17350

Foodies embrace 3D-printed cuisine

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 6:21pm

Printers unleash creative cookery, but will consumers bite?

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17358

Cheesy, metallic, sweet: 170-year-old champagne is clue to winemaking’s past

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:21pm

Vintage retrieved from the Baltic Sea reveals tastes favoured by the nineteenth-century elite.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17361

3D simulations of colliding black holes hailed as most realistic yet

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:21pm

Videos released just as a telescope survey suggests two black holes are due to collide in seven years' time.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17360

Climate scientists join search for alien Earths

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 2:21pm

NASA initiative seeks to bolster interdisciplinary science in hunt for extraterrestrial life.

Nature 520 420 doi: 10.1038/520420a

Wolf decline threatens iconic island study

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 1:21pm

Just three animals remain on Isle Royale, spelling probable end of 57-year ecology project.

Nature 520 415 doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17263

Homo erectus footprints hint at ancient hunting party

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:21pm

1.5-million-year-old tracks give snapshot of early human life.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17346

Bacteria bonanza found in remote Amazon village

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:21am

Genes for antibiotic resistance among those found in most-diverse human microbiome.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17348

Germany's researchers welcome €5-billion funding boost

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 8:21am

Deal would extend Excellence Initiative for another 10 years.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17353

US societies push back against NIH reproducibility guidelines

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:21am

'Premature' rules for preclinical research need more flexibility and greater community involvement, say scientific society leaders.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17354