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Academy 'reform' is stifling Russian science

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 7:21am

Insufficient funding, more bureaucracy and an inefficient government funding system are sapping the life from Russian research, says Alexey Yablokov.

Nature 511 7 doi: 10.1038/511007a

Electroceuticals spark interest

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 7:21pm

Industry and academia invest in treating diseases by delivering electrical charges to nerves.

Nature 511 18 doi: 10.1038/511018a

Stem cells: Hope on the line

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:21pm

A decade ago, voters in California changed the biomedical research landscape by directly funding embryonic stem-cell research. Now the organization they created needs a hit to survive.

Nature 511 19 doi: 10.1038/511019a

Astronomy: Planets in chaos

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

The discovery of thousands of star systems wildly different from our own has demolished ideas about how planets form. Astronomers are searching for a whole new theory.

Nature 511 22 doi: 10.1038/511022a

Cloned stem cells offer high fidelity

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 2:21pm

Stem cells made by nuclear transfer seem more faithful to originals than are cells that have been reprogrammed.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15498

Fungi borrowed bacterial gene again and again

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 2:21pm

Multiple independent gene transfers gave fungi ability to colonize plant roots.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15496

Papers on ‘stress-induced’ stem cells are retracted

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:21pm

High-profile reports claiming an easy way to create pluripotent cells were flawed, Nature announces.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15501

Imperial College under renewed pressure over animal research

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 8:21am

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NASA launches carbon-monitoring satellite

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 3:21pm

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Risks of flu work underrated

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:21pm

US funding agency disagreed with university’s assessment of potential threats.

Nature 511 13 doi: 10.1038/511013a

Australian budget hits science jobs

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:21am

Research-agency staff protest over slashed spending and concerns about country’s future research capability.

Nature 511 14 doi: 10.1038/511014a

GM maize splits Mexico

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:21am

Legal challenge to transgenic crops has created a rift in the country’s scientific community.

Nature 511 16 doi: 10.1038/511016a

Scientists rally around beleaguered Japanese research centre

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 2:21pm

Misconduct case in stem-cell lab does not warrant the 'dismantling' of RIKEN CDB, observers say.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15482

Elite labs hire more men than women

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 2:21pm

Women account for half of qualified candidates but are outnumbered in labs led by top male academics.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15483

Images of the month: June 2014

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 1:21pm

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

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15485

French science needs ‘smarter’ spending, OECD says

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 1:21pm

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Rhythm is heard best in the bass

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:21pm

Better detection by the brain could explain why low-pitched notes carry the beat across musical cultures.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15481

Supercooled livers last for days

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 7:21am

Solution that protects rat livers from freezing could extend transplant window for human organs.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15465

Boom-and-bust cycles doomed passenger pigeon

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 7:21am

Humans may have caused the species’s populations to grow huge as well as led to its demise.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15479

Running cures blind mice

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 7:21am

Exercise combined with visual stimulation helps to quickly restore vision in unused eye.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15476