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The Ebola questions

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 8:21am

Scientists know a lot about the virus that causes Ebola — but there are many puzzles that they have yet to solve.

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Tiny human stomachs grown in the lab

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 8:21am

Artificial guts could be used to study diseases and test drug treatments.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16229

Science suffers in rocket explosion

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:21pm

Earth-viewing satellites and meteor camera among experiments lost on launch to space station.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16247

Russian summer tops 'universal' heatwave index

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 11:21am

Proposed definition of heatwaves grades 2010 Russia event the worst on record.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16250

Gas-spewing Icelandic volcano stuns scientists

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:21pm

Sulphur-rich eruption defies preparations for an ashy blast.

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‘Forgotten’ NIH smallpox virus languishes on death row

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 2:21pm

World Health Organization lacks resources to witness destruction of stocks.

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Geneticists tap human knockouts

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 2:21pm

Sequenced genomes reveal mutations that disable single genes and can point to new drugs.

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Private rocket explodes on launch to space station

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:21pm

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Deepwater Horizon gunk settled far and wide

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 9:21am

Survey of deep-sea sediment helps to explain ‘missing oil’ from 2010 spill.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16225

A quantum world arising from many ordinary ones

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:21pm

Radical theory proposes that interactions between classical worlds can explain some quantum phenomena.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16213

EU leaders hammer out landmark climate deal

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 2:21pm

Greenhouse-gas emissions to be cut by at least 40% by 2030, relative to 1990 levels.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16218

Tiny human stomachs grown in the lab

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:21pm

Artificial guts could be used to study diseases and test drug treatments.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16229

Cancer cells can ‘infect’ normal neighbours

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:21pm

Tiny RNAs shed by tumours can transform healthy cells into cancerous ones.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16212

Viral-research moratorium called too broad

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:21pm

US government ban on research into enhanced pathogens also affects flu surveillance and vaccine work.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16211

Ferns communicate to decide their sexes

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:21am

Older generations release pheromones to balance the sex ratio in youngsters.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16214

Seven days: 17–23 October 2014

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:21am

The week in science: Snail discovery revives publishing spat; proposed nuclear-waste site passes key US safety evaluation; and biopharmaceutical firm AbbVie cools on US$54-billion takeover deal.

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US suspends risky disease research

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:21am

Government to cease funding gain-of-function studies that make viruses more dangerous, pending a safety assessment.

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Oldest-known human genome sequenced

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 5:21am

DNA shows a group of modern humans roamed across Asia.

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Data bank struggles as protein imaging ups its game

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 7:21pm

Hybrid methods to solve structures of molecular machines create a storage headache.

Nature 514 416 doi: 10.1038/514416a

The discovery of Homo floresiensis: Tales of the hobbit

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:21pm

In 2004, researchers announced the discovery of Homo floresiensis , a small relative of modern humans that lived as recently as 18,000 years ago. The ‘hobbit’ is now considered the most important hominin fossil in a generation. Here, the scientists behind the find tell its story.

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