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Gamma-ray method flags up nuclear stashes

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:21pm

Physicists investigating technique to enhance detection of uranium and plutonium in cargo.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17300

Tails tell the tale of dinosaur sex

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:21pm

Differences in size and shape of tail-bones offer way to tell male and female fossils apart.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17299

Wanted: staff-scientist positions for postdocs

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:21pm

Nature readers favour creating more secure jobs to fix science’s broken postdoctoral system.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17303

Acidic oceans linked to greatest extinction ever

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:21am

Rocks from 252 million years ago suggest that carbon dioxide from volcanoes made sea water lethal.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17276

UK funders demand strong statistics for animal studies

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 8:21am

Move addresses concerns that some experiments are not using enough animals.

Nature 520 271 doi: 10.1038/520271a

Mountain gorillas stuck in genetic bottleneck

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 7:21am

Full genome reveals surprising level of inbreeding and could aid conservation efforts.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17277

Iran nuclear deal poses scientific challenges

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 5:21am

From predictions of nuclear ‘break-out’ to monitoring for ‘sneak-out’, scientific expertise is central to the success of the preliminary accord.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17296

Test the effects of ash on jet engines

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:21am

To judge the safety of flying during an eruption, the airline industry cannot just rely on advances in volcanic monitoring and prediction, says Matthew Watson.

Nature 520 133 doi: 10.1038/520133a

Seven days: 3–9 April 2015

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 2:21pm

The week in science: Iran strikes deal on nuclear plans; Hong Kong academics decry government meddling; and souped-up LHC starts second run.

Nature 520 136 doi: 10.1038/520136a

African hub set up to boost research autonomy

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 12:21pm

Fledgling alliance will manage international grants and develop science strategy.

Nature 520 142 doi: 10.1038/520142a

Materials science: The hole story

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:21am

Swiss-cheese-like materials called metal–organic frameworks have long promised to improve gas storage, separation and catalysis. Now they are coming of age.

Nature 520 148 doi: 10.1038/520148a

Antibody shows promise as treatment for HIV

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 10:21am

Clinical trial is encouraging first step to developing new approach to HIV prevention, treatment and cure.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17260

Exotic atom struggles to find its place in the periodic table

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 7:21am

Experiment on chemistry of lawrencium reignites a decades-old debate.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17275

Puzzle of Moon’s origin resolved

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:21pm

Simulations show that Earth probably collided with an unnervingly similar sister planet to form our lunar neighbour.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17279

Climatologists to physicists: your planet needs you

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 2:21pm

Climate scientists highlight cloud mysteries in a bid to compete with astronomy and cosmology.

Nature 520 140 doi: 10.1038/520140a

Synthetic biologists seek standards for nascent field

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 2:21pm

Common language and methods are needed to fulfil biofactory dream.

Nature 520 141 doi: 10.1038/520141a

The future of the postdoc

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 10:21am

There is a growing number of postdocs and few places in academia for them to go. But change could be on the way.

Nature 520 144 doi: 10.1038/520144a

Interest grows in vaccines to fight foodborne illness

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:21pm

Global-health researchers look to supplement traditional tactics to reduce the health and economic impacts of food-borne pathogens.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17264

Beloved Brontosaurus makes a comeback

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:21pm

Jurassic giant's taxonomic status is restored.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17257

How California can survive the drought

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:21pm

Groundwater expert Leon Szeptycki explains how the state’s ineffectual water-management system is trying to come to grips with harsh, dry reality.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17265