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Looking for the roots of terrorism

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:21am

Anthropologist Scott Atran has done extensive field interviews with would-be and convicted terrorists.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16732

Seven days: 9–15 January 2015

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:21am

The week in science: Trove of extinct animal bones found in underwater cave; influential leader of German science policy dies; and Japan approves massive stimulus package.

Nature 517 248 doi: 10.1038/517248a

Tropical paradise inspires virtual ecology lab

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:21pm

Digital version of Moorea will provide a way to experiment with an entire ecosystem.

Nature 517 255 doi: 10.1038/517255a

‘I can haz genomes’: cats claw their way into genetics

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:21pm

Canine dominance bows to tabby chic as cat sequencing takes off.

Nature 517 252 doi: 10.1038/517252a

Al Gore’s dream spacecraft gears up for launch

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:21pm

Delayed DSCOVR probe will monitor conditions on Earth and solar storms in space.

Nature 517 256 doi: 10.1038/517256a

Ocean 'calamities' oversold, say researchers

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:21am

Team calls for more scepticism in marine research.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16714

Agriculture: State-of-the-art soil

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:21am

A charcoal-rich product called biochar could boost agricultural yields and control pollution. Scientists are putting the trendy substance to the test.

Nature 517 258 doi: 10.1038/517258a

Microbiology: Here's looking at you, squid

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:21am

Margaret McFall-Ngai has dissected the relationship between a beautiful squid and its live-in bacteria — and found lessons for microbiome research on the way.

Nature 517 262 doi: 10.1038/517262a

The focus on bibliometrics makes papers less useful

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:21am

Forcing research to fit the mould of high-impact journals weakens it. Hiring decisions should be based on merit, not impact factor, says Reinhard Werner.

Nature 517 245 doi: 10.1038/517245a

First biosimilar drug set to enter US market

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:21am

But such cheaper, generic versions of biological drugs face scientific, regulatory and patent hurdles.

Nature 517 253 doi: 10.1038/517253a

The woman who sees like a bat

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 6:21pm

The first episode in a new series of audio documentaries on Nature 's podcast asks what it is like to be a bat, and meets the woman who knows better than anyone.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16713

Three 'super-Earth' exoplanets seen orbiting nearby star

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 3:21pm

Revived Kepler telescope spies system with one planet in habitable zone.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16740

Political appointments spur concerns for Amazon

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 1:21pm

Environmentalists worried after Brazilian president picks ministers with ties to agriculture lobby.

Nature 517 251 doi: 10.1038/517251a

Blown-up brains reveal nanoscale details

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:21am

Material used in diaper absorbant can make brain tissue bigger and enable ordinary microscopes to resolve features down to 60 nanometres.

Nature 517 254 doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16667

Monkeys seem to recognize their reflections

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 2:21pm

Trained macaques studied themselves in mirrors, fuelling debate over animals' capacity for self-recognition.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16692

Game theorists crack poker

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 2:21pm

An 'essentially unbeatable' algorithm for the popular card game points to strategies for solving real-life problems without having complete information.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16683

Blacklist proposed for fossil fuels

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:21am

Analysis reveals which nations must refrain from exploiting much of their carbon-based energy resources if temperatures are to rise by no more than 2 °C this century.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16695

Economic divide taking toll on European science

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 2:21pm

The Horizon 2020 programme threatens to siphon away the best scientists from southern Europe, argues Colin Macilwain.

Nature 517 123 doi: 10.1038/517123a

Seven days: 2–8 January 2015

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:21pm

The week in science: Discredited stem-cell findings linked to contamination; NASA balloon mission springs a leak; and US to consider protections for monarch butterfly.

Nature 517 126 doi: 10.1038/517126a

Rave drug holds promise for treating depression fast

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:21pm

Companies and clinicians turn to ketamine to treat mental-health disorder as pipeline of new drugs dries up.

Nature 517 130 doi: 10.1038/517130a