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China’s scientific progress hinges on access to data

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 7:21am

It is getting harder for scientists in China to obtain the high-quality public data that they need for important research studies, says Zheng Wan.

Nature 520 587 doi: 10.1038/520587a

Human-embryo editing poses challenges for journals

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:21pm

Ethical concerns complicate publishing process.

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Consumer DNA firms get serious about drug development

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 1:21pm

Companies race to gather large data sets in bid to find treatments based on genetics.

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Outcry over Greek plan to borrow cash from universities

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:21pm

Tensions also rise over planned reforms to governance of research institutions.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17416

Vatican convenes major climate-change meeting

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:21pm

Religious leaders and scientists gather to discuss moral implications of global warming as Pope drafts key letter.

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Mercury mission set to end with dramatic crash

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:21pm

MESSENGER's chief scientist reminisces before the spacecraft's planned impact into the planet's surface.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17357

Global warming brews weird weather

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 5:21pm

Human influence on extreme heat and rain events is growing.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17407

Invasive lionfish discovered in Brazil

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 2:21pm

DNA links specimen to fish population that has spread through Caribbean.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17414

Major earthquake hits Nepal

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 1:21pm

Scientists have long warned that mounting seismic stress put region near Kathmandu at risk for a severe tremor.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17413

African CDC needs more money and a strong leader

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:21pm

Ebola spurred US support for pan-African health agency, but centre needs much more to succeed.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17409

Ethics of embryo editing paper divides scientists

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:21am

Research community also split over how close the method is to being an option for preventing disease.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17410

High-scoring grant applications yield more highly cited papers

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 9:21am

Analysis contradicts previous work that showed little connection between grant-review scores and subsequent research outcomes.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17380

DNA editing in mouse embryos prevents disease

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 9:21am

Destroying faulty DNA in mitochondria could be alternative to ‘three-parent embryo’.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17379

Oceans are 'worth US$24 trillion'

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 9:21am

Marine scientist Ove Hoegh-Guldberg explains the rationale behind pricing the ocean.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17394

Cosmic rays reveal the secrets of thunderstorms

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 8:21am

High-energy particles from distant space could help to illuminate the origin of lightning.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17401

Cosmic confetti celebrates Hubble’s 25th birthday

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 8:21am

Star-spangled image released for anniversary of space telescope's launch.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17408

The moral challenge of invisibility

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 8:21am

Experiments that give subjects the illusion of having an invisible body could reveal how we respond to the ensuing temptations, says Philip Ball.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17402

Why I teach evolution to Muslim students

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 7:21am

Encouraging students to challenge ideas is crucial to fostering a generation of Muslim scientists who are free thinkers, says Rana Dajani.

Nature 520 409 doi: 10.1038/520409a

Bee studies stir up pesticide debate

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 6:21am

The threat that neonicotinoids pose to bees becomes clearer.

Nature 520 416 doi: 10.1038/520416a

Seven days: 17–23 April 2015

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 6:21am

The week in science: Nobel laureate leads stem-cell initiative; German science gets a boost; and comet spews dust from its dark side.

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