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The week in science: 19–25 June

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 12:21pm

High seas to receive legal protection; US national-security lab appoints first woman head; and Europe’s Earth-observation satellite launches.

Nature 522 396 doi: 10.1038/522396a

Neuroscience: The hard science of oxytocin

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:21am

As researchers work out how oxytocin affects the brain, the hormone is shedding its reputation as a simple cuddle chemical.

Nature 522 410 doi: 10.1038/522410a

Earth science wrestles with conflict-of-interest policies

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:21am

Industry-funding controversies highlight lack of standards among field’s journals.

Nature 522 403 doi: 10.1038/522403a

Severe weather linked more strongly to global warming

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 11:21am

Climatologists propose different approach to detect human role in extreme events.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17828

Podcast: Jurassic World, dinosaur names and DNA from an ancient American 

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 3:21pm

Nature ’s reporters and editors chat about science in the news.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17829

Radiant reefs found deep in the Red Sea

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:21am

Corals may glow yellow, orange and red to improve light conditions for algae.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17840

Landmark court ruling tells Dutch government to do more on climate change

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:21am

Verdict hailed as setting precedent for legal action to force greenhouse-gas emission cuts.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17841

Judge by actions, not words

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:21am

Sexist comments made by my former boss Tim Hunt are not an indication that he is biased against women, argues Alessia Errico.

Nature 522 393 doi: 10.1038/522393a

Bacteria may help bats to fight deadly fungus

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 9:21am

As white-nose syndrome spreads, researchers are trialling ways to stop colonies from collapsing.

Nature 522 400 doi: 10.1038/522400a

Europe’s superlab: Sir Paul’s cathedral

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:21pm

When the Francis Crick Institute opens in London this year, it will be Europe’s largest biomedical research centre. Can director Paul Nurse make this gamble pay off for UK science?

Nature 522 406 doi: 10.1038/522406a

Urban microbes come out of the shadows

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 1:21pm

Genomic sequences reveal cities’ teeming masses of bacteria and viruses.

Nature 522 399 doi: 10.1038/522399a

Intriguing geology of Ceres revealed in new pictures

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:21pm

NASA mission shows dwarf planet's surface in rich detail.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17819

Private asteroid hunt lacks cash to spy threats in orbit

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:21pm

Foundation fails to raise funds it needs for a space telescope to catalogue near-Earth objects.

Nature 522 402 doi: 10.1038/522402a

Nuclear monitoring agency reaches out to scientists

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 9:21am

Geophysicist Lassina Zerbo discusses the goals of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, and how researchers are using his organization's data.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17808

Pope or International Energy Agency — who said what?

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 9:21am

Two very different authorities published documents on energy and climate change this week: can you tell them apart?

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17809

Wastewater disposal causes sharp rise in central US earthquakes

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 1:21pm

Nearly 90% of region's quakes now caused by water injected into underground wells.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17795

Ancient American genome rekindles legal row

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 12:21pm

'Kennewick Man' sequencing points to Native American ancestry.

Nature 522 404 doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17797

Why the Pope's letter on climate change matters

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:21am

Nature selects the most interesting passages from the latest Vatican encyclical.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17800

Astronomers claim first glimpse of primordial stars

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 7:21am

Bright galaxy thought to hold stars from generation that seeded rest of Universe.

Nature 522 401 doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17802