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Seven days: 2 January 2014

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 6:21pm

This week in science: Europe launches star-mapping mission, GSK to phase out physician fees, and geneticist Janet Rowley dies.

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Feathers were the exception rather than the rule for dinosaurs

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:21am

Survey of dinosaur family tree finds that most had scaly skin like reptiles.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2013.14379

Europe waters down transnational 'research buddy' plan

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 3:21pm

Critics say putting low-performing countries in charge of research centres will compromise institution-building effort.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2013.14406

UK bolsters defences against crippling solar storms

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:21pm

Round-the-clock space-weather warnings will protect satellites and help prevent blackouts on Earth.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2013.14432

Charismatic mammals can help guide conservation

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 3:21pm

Formula combines flagship species with lesser-known groups to measure value of hotspots.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2013.14396

First possible exomoon spotted

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 1:21pm

Worlds around other worlds may be habitable.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2013.14430

Fungus discovery offers pine-wilt hope

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 12:21pm

Previously unknown species found to aid tree pests' survival, opening way for new control methods.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2013.14449

Zapping the brain can help to spot-clean nasty memories

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 12:21pm

Researchers use electroconvulsive therapy to disrupt recall of specific events.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2013.14431

Scientists call for urgent talks on mutant-flu research in Europe

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 10:21am

Benefits and risks of ‘gain-of-function’ work must be evaluated, they say.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2013.14429

Non-invasive method devised to sequence DNA of human eggs

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 9:21am

The procedure could aid assisted reproduction.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2013.14412

Scientists losing data at a rapid rate

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 8:21am

Decline can mean 80% of data are unavailable after 20 years.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2013.14416

Distant planet weighed using clues from starlight

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 1:21pm

Spectral technique promises to enable mass measurement for planets around faint stars.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2013.14421

Cell-suicide blocker holds promise as HIV therapy

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 12:21pm

Approach could complement current treatments.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2013.14422

Shrub genome reveals secrets of flower power

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 10:21am

Amborella sequence might help to explain why flowering plants conquered Earth.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2013.14426

Academics should not remain silent on hacking

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 12:21pm

The revelation that US and British spy agencies have undermined a commonly used encryption code should alarm researchers, says Charles Arthur.

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Seven days: 13–19 December 2013

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 10:21am

The week in science: China lands rover on the Moon, Israel joins CERN, and the number of animals used for scientific purposes in the European Union falls.

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Quandary over Soviet croplands

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 9:21am

Researchers ponder whether Eastern Europe’s large areas of abandoned land should be replanted or left as a carbon sink.

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365 days: 2013 in review

Wed, 12/25/2013 - 9:21pm

From the US shutdown to breakthroughs in stem-cell therapies, the past 12 months have seen fluctuating fortunes for science.

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