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Deforestation: Carving up the Amazon

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 3:21pm

A rash of road construction is causing widespread change in the world's largest tropical forest — with potentially global consequences.

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Blocking insulin breakdown shows promise against diabetes

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:21pm

Mouse study shows molecule controls blood sugar by hitting elusive drug target. 

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15273

Bacteria found in healthy placentas

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 12:21pm

Microbial flora similar to that in the mouth may play a role in preventing preterm births.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15274

Uproar as anti-GM activists acquitted in France

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 12:21pm

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A Longitude Prize for the twenty-first century

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 8:21am

The UK Government’s new prize for substantial innovation to address pressing societal problems should be welcomed, says Martin Rees.

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Pluto-bound probe faces crisis

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 8:21am

NASA scientists scramble to find an object in the outer Solar System’s Kuiper belt in time for a close-up visit.

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Submersible loss hits research

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 8:21am

But scientists remain positive about the future of deep-sea exploration despite disintegration of unique US Nereus craft.

Nature 509 408 doi: 10.1038/509408a

Text-mining offers clues to success

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 2:21pm

US intelligence programme analyses language in patents and papers to identify next big technologies.

Nature 509 410 doi: 10.1038/509410a

NIH accused of interfering in ethics probe

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 10:21am

E-mails suggest agency was allowed to influence an external investigation of one of its clinical trials.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15270

Activists sound alarm on tiered drug prices

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 10:21am

Plan could increase health costs in middle-income nations.

Nature 509 412 doi: 10.1038/509412a

The decline and fall of Microsoft Academic Search

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:21am

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San Francisco due for a shake-up

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:21pm

Study of earthquake cycles suggests a coming period of greater seismic activity in the Bay Area.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15244

UK prize lets public decide on world's biggest science problem

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 2:21pm

Winning challenge will be focus of £10-million Longitude Prize fund.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15247

Microbial stowaways to Mars identified

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 1:21pm

Bacteria found on the Curiosity rover reveal the types of microorganisms that spacecraft carry.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15249

Kawasaki disease origin traced to northeast China

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 11:21am

Scientists suspect a fast-acting wind-borne toxin underlies the childhood disease.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15252

Chinese agencies announce open-access policies

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 11:21am

Researchers will now be required to make papers free to read within one year of publication.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15255

Nimble amoebas battle for world supremacy

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 10:21am

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Video reveals entire organism's neurons at work

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 9:21am

Researchers image complete nervous system in real time.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15240

Lightning linked to solar wind

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 4:21pm

Correlation suggests answer to longstanding question about what triggers bolts.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15229

US ionospheric research facility to close

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 2:21pm

Unless a new patron emerges, HAARP will be dismantled in June.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15243