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Steven Pinker on his sense of style

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 5:21pm

The Harvard psychologist offers a writing guide based on how the mind works.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16052

Water politics must adapt to a warming world

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 2:21pm

As rainfall patterns shift, technological and legislative changes are needed to address water shortages, says Moshe Alamaro.

Nature 514 7 doi: 10.1038/514007a

Fast genetic sequencing saves newborn lives

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 1:21pm

Infants with mysterious conditions stand to benefit — but technique raises ethical questions.

Nature 514 13 doi: 10.1038/514013a

Biopiracy ban stirs red-tape fears

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:21pm

Critics worry Nagoya Protocol will hamper disease monitoring.

Nature 514 14 doi: 10.1038/514014a

Astronomy data bounty spurs debate over access

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 2:21pm

Small institutions fear exclusion from Large Synoptic Survey Telescope's benefits.

Nature 514 18 doi: 10.1038/514018a

Images of the month: September 2014

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:21pm

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

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16043

Quantum bits get their first compression

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:21am

Physicists show how to encode three quantum bits using just two.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15961

Why Japan missed volcano's warning signs

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 1:21pm

Mount Ontake's eruption killed at least 12 people. Could a better early-warning system have saved them?

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16022

Earth has water older than the Sun

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:21am

Not all water in the Solar System today could have formed here, researchers say.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16011

Forensic chemistry could stop African-plant thieves

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:21am

Isotope analysis could help in the rush to save South Africa's cycads from extinction.

Nature 514 17 doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16010

Force of nature gave life its asymmetry

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:21am

'Left-handed' electrons destroy certain organic molecules faster than their mirror versions.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15995

Stone Age groups made similar toolmaking breakthroughs

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 9:21am

No mysterious migration required to explain how chipping technique appeared in different continents.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16002

UN climate summit scores high on passion

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 9:21am

Challenge ahead is to ensure that the enthusiasm translates into firm commitments.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16003

Istanbul canal needs environmental study

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 4:21am

Scientists must ensure that the ambitious plan of Turkey’s president does not move forward without a thorough impact assessment, says Derin Orhon.

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Seven days: 19–25 September 2014

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:21am

The week in science: NASA mission reaches Mars, Arctic sea-ice hits annual minimum, and extreme drought fuels California fires.

Nature 513 464 doi: 10.1038/513464a

Brazil warming to ‘green’ policies

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:21pm

Activist Marina Silva is gaining ground in presidential polls.

Nature 513 467 doi: 10.1038/513467a

Cheap solar cells tempt businesses

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:21pm

Easy-to-make perovskite films rival silicon for efficiency.

Nature 513 470 doi: 10.1038/513470a

Infectious disease: Ebola’s lost ward

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:21am

A hospital in Sierra Leone has struggled to continue its research amid the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

Nature 513 474 doi: 10.1038/513474a

Renewable energy: Wind power tests the waters

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:21am

The United States has plenty of strong winds offshore, but it has struggled to harness them for energy.

Nature 513 478 doi: 10.1038/513478a

Wet exoplanet has clear skies

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 3:21pm

Neptune-sized orb is smallest alien world known to have water vapour.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15973