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Big compromises needed to meet carbon-emissions goal

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 7:21am

Independent assessments of national climate plans find little common ground between wealthy and developing countries.

Nature 521 405 doi: 10.1038/521404a

Ebola teaches tough lessons about rapid research

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 3:21pm

Public-health officials make plans for how to speed up responses to tropical-disease outbreaks.

Nature 521 405 doi: 10.1038/521405a

Military technology: Laser weapons get real

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 11:21am

Long a staple of science fiction, laser weapons are edging closer to the battlefield — thanks to optical fibres.

Nature 521 408 doi: 10.1038/521408a

Hawaiian telescope fight prompts new rules for Mauna Kea

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 11:21am

Thirty Meter Telescope can proceed, but one-quarter of existing telescopes on mountain must be removed in the next decade.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17639

'Instinctive' robot recovers from injury fast

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 9:21am

Restorative algorithm has potential to make a variety of machines resilient.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17641

New species of early human discovered near fossil of ‘Lucy’

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 3:21am

Australopithecus deyiremeda lived about 3.4 million years ago in northern Ethiopia, around the same time and place as Australopithecus afarensis .

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17644

Giant international trade treaties centre on science

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 12:21pm

Proposed deals have potential to boost research, but also to weaken health and environmental protections.

Nature 521 401 doi: 10.1038/521401a

Animal behaviour: Inside the cunning, caring and greedy minds of fish

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:21am

By revealing that fish cooperate, cheat and punish, Redouan Bshary has challenged ideas about brain evolution.

Nature 521 412 doi: 10.1038/521412a

‘Sleeping beauty’ papers slumber for decades

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 9:21am

Research identifies studies that defy usual citation patterns to enjoy a rich old age.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17615

Scientist registry unveils plan to recognize efforts of peer-reviewers

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 7:21pm

Movement to publicly record peer-reviewing activity gains momentum.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17588

US lawmakers advance controversial science-policy bill

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 8:21am

Republicans in the House of Representatives seek to reshape research agenda.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17430

Russian scientists cut off from Springer journals

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 6:21am

Access lost after last year's institutional subscription fees were not paid.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17584

Alzheimer’s origins tied to rise of human intelligence

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 2:21pm

Factors that drove evolution of intellectual capacity also implicated in memory disorder.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17589

Artificial-windpipe surgeon committed misconduct

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 1:21pm

Papers authored by Paolo Macchiarini misrepresented success of pioneering procedure.

Nature 521 406 doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17605

'Stable' region of Antarctica is melting

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:21pm

Radar data from Cryosat-2 probe show sudden ice loss on southern Antarctic Peninsula.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17606

Ancient wolf genome pushes back dawn of the dog

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:21am

DNA from 35,000-year-old Siberian wolf suggests that domesticated dogs emerged thousands of years earlier than previously thought.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17607

Global ocean trawl reveals plethora of new lifeforms

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 8:21am

Three-year Tara Oceans project publishes first analyses of rich diversity of planktonic life.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17612

The week in science: 15–21 May 2015

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 6:21am

WHO outlines plans for a crisis fund in wake of Ebola; rules to curb polar pollution agreed; and newly discovered rodent is named after James Bond.

Nature 521 264 doi: 10.1038/521264a

No more hidden solutions in bioinformatics

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 6:21am

Precision medicine cannot advance without full disclosure of how commercial genome sequencing and interpretation software works, says Mauno Vihinen.

Nature 521 261 doi: 10.1038/521261a

Congress seeks to quash patent trolls

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:21am

Revised legislation would spare universities from being penalized in the same way as unscrupulous companies.

Nature 521 270 doi: 10.1038/521270a