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‘Gutsy’ university chief to take on China's pollution

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 8:21pm

Tsinghua's Chen Jining is slated to become environmental protection minister as China steps up efforts to clean up its air, water and soil.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16810

Mystery childhood paralysis stumps researchers

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 2:21pm

Pathogen related to polio and common cold could be the cause — but little is known for sure.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16812

NIH defends monkey experiments

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:21am

Director Francis Collins says the agency has changed how it conducts controversial studies, but argues the work is necessary.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16814

Obama acts alone on climate

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:21am

US president defies hostile Congress and takes action on global warming.

Nature 517 535 doi: 10.1038/517535a

Unconscious thought not so smart after all

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 2:21pm

Study on decision-making stokes controversy over power of distracted mind.

Nature 517 537 doi: 10.1038/517537a

Soil-moisture probe readies for launch

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 7:21am

NASA mission raises hopes for improved projections of global freshwater availability.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16764

New Greek government raises hopes for science

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 8:21pm

Swift appointment of a physicist as research minister seen as positive step by scientists.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16804

Droughts threaten high-altitude Himalayan forests

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:21pm

Timberlines in the region are shifting downslope, bucking trend seen on other mountain ranges.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16806

Sodium's explosive secrets revealed

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:21pm

The spectacular reaction of alkali metals with water was poorly understood — despite being a staple of chemistry classes.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16771

Russian science minister explains radical restructure

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:21pm

Amid sanctions and a financial crisis, Dmitry Livanov discusses ongoing reforms to science funding.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16776

Genghis Khan's genetic legacy has competition

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 6:21pm

The Mongolian leader left a strong footprint in the Y chromosomes of modern descendants — but he was not the only one.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16767

Hunt for Philae hangs in the balance

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:21pm

Rosetta mission would have to sacrifice other science to search for comet lander.

Nature 517 536 doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16775

Italian court convicts lab-dog breeders

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 2:21pm

Three people found guilty of cruelty against animals bred for scientific research.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16784

US ocean sciences told to steer a new course

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 2:21pm

Major report calls for cuts to infrastructure, including fledgling Ocean Observatories Initiative, to increase spending on science. 

Nature 517 538 doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16780

US precision-medicine proposal sparks questions

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:21am

Announcement by President Obama comes amidst growing interest in targeted therapies.

Nature 517 540 doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16774

Science pours in from Rosetta comet mission

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 7:21am

The first thorough analyses of data from the European craft suggest that comet 67P originated in the distant reaches of the Solar System.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16777

Seven days: 16–22 January 2015

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:21am

The week in science: Ebola progress, the hottest year, and a Beagle comes home.

Nature 517 416 doi: 10.1038/517416a

Crunch time for pet theory on dark matter

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 7:21pm

Thought to make up the Universe’s missing matter, WIMPs are running out of places to hide.

Nature 517 422 doi: 10.1038/517422a

GM microbes created that can’t escape the lab

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 2:21pm

Engineered bacteria kept in check with a designer diet.

Nature 517 423 doi: 10.1038/517423a

Astronomy: Laser focus

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 1:21pm

By firing lasers into the sky, Claire Max has transformed the capabilities of current — and future — telescopes.

Nature 517 430 doi: 10.1038/517430a