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Latest Ebola data rule out rapid mutation

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 9:21am

Genetic-sequence haul shows that the virus evolved differently — but no faster — than in previous epidemics.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17554

Australia takes university cash to pay for research facilities

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 5:21am

But overall flat science funding in latest budget is seen as a reprieve after last year’s heavy cuts.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17556

European Commission unveils long-awaited science advice plans

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 2:21pm

Team of expert researchers will bridge between politicians and wider science community.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17557

Rogue antimatter found in thunderclouds

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:21am

Aeroplane detects signature spike in photons that does not fit any known source of antiparticles.

Nature 521 135 doi: 10.1038/521135a

Regulate gene editing in wild animals

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:21am

The use of genome-modification tools in wild species must be properly governed to avoid irreversible damage to ecosystems, says Jeantine Lunshof.

Nature 521 127 doi: 10.1038/521127a

India eases stance on GM crop trials

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 4:21am

States begin to permit field tests of transgenic plants.

Nature 521 138 doi: 10.1038/521138a

'Dino-chickens' reveal how the beak was born

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:21pm

Chicken embryos have been altered so that the birds grow dinosaur-like snouts.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17507

UK researchers fret about downgrading of science minister role

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:21pm

Jo Johnson is smart and well-connected, but will not attend highest-level policy meetings.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17535

Mappers rush to pinpoint landslide risk in Nepal

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 1:21pm

Geologists say hazard posed by earthquake-loosened earth could linger for years.

Nature 521 133 doi: 10.1038/521133a

Bioethics expert guides pharma firm on who gets its experimental drugs

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 12:21pm

Arthur Caplan, who will lead Johnson & Johnson's new bioethics panel, aims for a fairer way to allot experimental therapies for terminal illnesses.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17531

Microbiomes raise privacy concerns

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 12:21pm

DNA from microbes living on the human body can be used to identify individuals.

Nature 521 136 doi: 10.1038/521136a

Hidden African typhoid epidemic traced to drug-resistant bacteria

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 12:21pm

Genetic analysis suggests that virulent strain of Salmonella Typhi emerged in south Asia 25–30 years ago.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17514

What makes peaceful neighbours become mass murderers

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 12:21pm

It's time to ask uncomfortable questions about the brain mechanisms that allow 'ordinary’ people to turn violent, says Itzhak Fried.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17504

Liberia is declared Ebola free

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 12:21pm

The World Health Organization announces the end of Ebola in Liberia, but the epidemic continues in nearby Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17513

Why the polls got the UK election wrong

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:21am

Political scientist Michael Bruter says the psychology of voters who make up their minds at the last minute can yield unexpected results.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17511

What the UK election results mean for science

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:21am

A surprise Conservative majority and the rise of the Scottish National Party have implications for research policy.

Nature 521 134 doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17506

Five factors that will decide if Philae wakes

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 8:21am

Warming temperatures raise hopes that the comet lander will send out a signal.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17488

Keep the directive that protects research animals

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:21am

Losing legislation that has animal welfare at its core would not just jeopardize science, it is also likely to lead to a drop in standards, argues Kay Davies.

Nature 521 7 doi: 10.1038/521007a