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Why ‘irrational’ choices can be rational

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 3:21pm

Theory shows logic in rearranging your preferences if the options may change.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14517

Debate over which mammals roamed with the dinosaurs

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 3:21pm

Genetic tree challenges fossil-based conclusion that placental mammals emerged only after mass extinction.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14522

Physicists explain 'gravity-defying' chain trick

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 6:21pm

Leaping beads get a push from the pot.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14523

Robot jellyfish takes to the air

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 6:21pm

Ultralight machine uses biologically inspired wing movements to achieve stable flight.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14528

Is the $1,000 genome for real?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 5:21pm

With the release of the HiSeq X Ten, genetic-sequencing company Illumina attempts to cement market dominance.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14530

Tree growth never slows

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:21pm

Idea debunked that young trees have the edge on their older siblings in carbon accumulation.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14536

Precision formation flight astounds scientists

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:21pm

Flocks accomplish a feat of coordination to save energy during migration.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14537

Ampere to get rational redefinition

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 9:21am

Single-electron flow measured in bid to overhaul SI base unit.

Nature 505 273 doi: 10.1038/505273a

Cloning comeback

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:21pm

Ten years ago, Woo Suk Hwang rose to the top of his field before fraud and dodgy bioethical practices derailed his career. Can a scientific pariah redeem himself?

Nature 505 468 doi: 10.1038/505468a

Kepler clue to supernova puzzle

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:21pm

Two white dwarfs favoured as precursors of type Ia supernovae.

Nature 505 274 doi: 10.1038/505274a

Science agencies regain footing in Congressional budget deal

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 2:21pm

US$1.1-trillion spending bill would end era of automatic cuts.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14533

Human–microbe mismatch boosts risk of stomach cancer

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 2:21pm

H. pylori strains more likely to cause tumours when they did not co-evolve with their hosts.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14501

The best time to wage cyberwar

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 2:21pm

Maths model calculates whether it is worth waiting to hit enemies at their most vulnerable.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14502

Volcanoes shift before they spew

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:21pm

GPS data from 2011 Icelandic eruption hint at new ways to forecast hazards.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14498

Ancient cholera mysteriously disappeared

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:21pm

Strains that plagued Europe and the United States in the nineteenth century were distinct from those prevalent today.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14490

Video: Fish leaps to catch birds on the wing

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 11:21am

Tigerfish swallows swallows after grabbing them out of the air over African lake.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14496

Seven days: 3–9 January 2014

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 10:21am

The week in science: China crushes seized ivory, smuggled dinosaur skull recovered, and incoming asteroid spotted.

Nature 505 136 doi: 10.1038/505136a

Many eyes on Earth

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 10:21pm

Swarms of small satellites set to deliver close to real-time imagery of swathes of the planet.

Nature 505 143 doi: 10.1038/505143a

China tops Europe in R&D intensity

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 9:21pm

Reforms to commercial and academic research systems still needed despite reaching spending milestone, say scientists.

Nature 505 144 doi: 10.1038/505144a

Workplace violence: Caught on campus

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 8:21pm

Violent incidents at academic institutions have spurred universities to adopt formal procedures designed to keep campuses safer. But do the tactics work?

Nature 505 150 doi: 10.1038/505150a