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Seven days: 1–7 August 2014

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:21pm

The week in science: Death of top Japanese stem-cell scientist; instruments picked for Mars rover; and drought tightens grip on California.

Nature 512 10 doi: 10.1038/512010a

Binary star to spill celestial secrets

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 3:21pm

Close approach and violent interaction of stars in η Carinae system will provide rare insight into stellar enigma.

Nature 512 13 doi: 10.1038/512013a

Fiendish million-dollar proof eludes mathematicians

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:21pm

Proposed solution to Navier–Stokes equations, used to model fluids, is wrong.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15659

Plump grizzlies offer diabetes clue

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 7:21am

Selective gene expression in stout bears helps them to maintain steady blood sugar.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15665

India stalls on GM crops

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:21pm

As rumours swirl, government says it has not decided whether to allow field trials of transgenic plants.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15677

Space agencies battle to keep Mars mission on track

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:21pm

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Stem-cell scientists mourn loss of brain engineer

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:21pm

A famous name in regenerative medicine, Yoshiki Sasai was found dead on 5 August.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15679

Handheld device could enable low-cost chemical tests

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 3:21pm

Technology plugs into mobile phones to transmit data for offsite analyses.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15662

Seabed samples cast doubt on earthquake risk for Pacific Northwest

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 3:21pm

Study suggests underwater landslide deposits are imperfect record of past tremors.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15655

Images of the month: July 2014

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:21am

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

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15651

Five-year delay would spell end of ITER

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 9:21am

Osamu Motojima, head of the international fusion project, speaks out on delays, leaks and rumours.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15621

Mysterious Siberian crater attributed to methane

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 8:21am

Build-up and release of gas from thawing permafrost most probable explanation, says Russian team.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15649

Humanity's cultural history captured in 5-minute film

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 7:21am

Video map of births and deaths shows rise and fall of cultural centres.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15650

Cause is not everything in mental illness

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 6:21am

Welcome steps have been made in uncovering a biological basis for schizophrenia, but for many, the question of ‘why’ is unimportant, says David Adam.

Nature 511 509 doi: 10.1038/511509a

Seven days: 25–31 July 2014

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 4:21am

The week in science: Scripps president resigns; record-breaking drive on Mars; and Poland creates a space agency.

Nature 511 512 doi: 10.1038/511512a

Dam removals: Rivers on the run

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 5:21pm

As the United States destroys its old dams, species are streaming back into the unfettered rivers.

Nature 511 521 doi: 10.1038/511521a

Cancer biomarkers: Written in blood

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 4:21pm

DNA circulating in the bloodstream could guide cancer treatment — if researchers can work out how best to use it.

Nature 511 524 doi: 10.1038/511524a

Largest ever Ebola outbreak is not a global threat

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:21pm

Although the virus is exerting a heavy toll in West Africa, it does not spread easily.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15640

Asteroids wreaked havoc on early Earth

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:21pm

Model based on Moon's craters could help to establish when life emerged.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15644

'Octomom' sets gestation record

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 8:21am

Deep-sea octopus broods eggs for more than four years.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15646