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Galactic collision gave Andromeda its arms

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 2:21pm

Simulation suggests galaxy gained spiral structure after crashing into a smaller companion.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15329

Ship speed limits can save right whales

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 1:21pm

Environmental groups sue to force US government to expand conservation efforts in North Atlantic.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15336

Genetic tests suggest STAP stem cells ‘never existed’

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:21pm

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Parasitic vines may serve as lightning rods

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:21am

Field campaign in Panama will study whether lianas help trees to survive lightning strikes.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15325

Flashes of light show how memories are made

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:21am

Researchers confirm cellular basis for memory by implanting and erasing fear into the brains of rats using fibre optics.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15330

Wind may deflate search for habitable planets

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 9:21am

Study suggests that stellar wind of M-dwarfs erodes atmosphere of planets in the habitable zone.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15335

Bees build mental maps to get home

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 9:21am

Study suggests the insects do not rely solely on the Sun as a compass.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15333

US agency unveils emissions plan for existing power plants

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 9:21am

Draft regulations call for a 30% cut to US facilities' carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15334

Computer model predicts academic success

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 8:21am

Algorithm based on publications finds that first-author articles in leading journals matter most.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15337

A stellar discovery on the Milky Way's far side

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 3:21pm

Five remarkable stars on the other side of our galaxy promise new insight into the outer reaches of our home turf.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15338

Images of the month: May 2014

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 3:21pm

Pictures from the world of science, selected by Nature ’s art team.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15313

‘No evidence for or against gravitational waves’

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:21pm

Two analyses suggest signal of Big Bang ripples announced in March was too weak to be significant.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15322

Evolution sparks silence of the crickets

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:21pm

Males on two Hawaiian islands simultaneously went mute in just a few years to avoid parasite.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15323

Proton's magnetism measured with greatest precision yet

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:21pm

Physicists raise the bar in race to find discrepancies between matter and antimatter.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15310

China must continue the momentum of green law

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 7:21pm

A plan for improved environmental protection is a good first step, but all levels of society will need to work together for it to succeed, says Hong Yang.

Nature 509 535 doi: 10.1038/509535a

Seven days: 23–29 May 2014

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 4:21pm

The week in science: Germany announces research windfall; new crater is spotted on Mars; and Pfizer admits defeat in its pursuit of AstraZeneca.

Nature 509 538 doi: 10.1038/509538a

Theoretical physics: Complexity on the horizon

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 1:21pm

A concept developed for computer science could have a key role in fundamental physics — and point the way to a new understanding of space and time.

Nature 509 552 doi: 10.1038/509552a