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Superconductivity record breaks under pressure

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:21am

Everyday compound reported to conduct electricity without resistance at a record-high temperature, outstripping more exotic materials.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16552

NIH ends longitudinal children’s study

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:21am

Budget and management problems sink plan to follow 100,000 children from birth to adulthood.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16556

Flock of geneticists redraws bird family tree

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:21am

Birds get fresh perches in revamped tree of life built by vast collaboration.

Nature 516 297 doi: 10.1038/516297a

Major cloud-seeding test gives mixed results

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:21pm

Rigorous evaluation suggests technique produces more snow — under certain conditions.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16537

Assess the real cost of research assessment

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:21pm

The Research Excellence Framework keeps UK science sharp, but the process is overly burdensome for institutions, says Peter M. Atkinson.

Nature 516 145 doi: 10.1038/516145a

Seven days: 5–11 December 2014

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:21pm

The week in science: NASA's Orion flight soars; James Watson's Nobel medal nabs US$4.1 million; and India becomes full partner in Thirty Meter Telescope

Nature 516 148 doi: 10.1038/516148a

Tsunami alerts fail to bridge the ‘last mile’

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:21pm

Ten years after the devastating Sumatra earthquake, warnings for the Indian Ocean go out, but often do not reach the people most at risk.

Nature 516 151 doi: 10.1038/516151a

Immune cells boost cancer survival from months to years

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:21am

Firms embrace costly immunotherapy to fight intractable leukaemias and lymphomas.

Nature 516 156 doi: 10.1038/516156a

Fate of ocean plastic remains a mystery

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:21pm

Surveys find less marine microplastic than expected.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16508

Biodiversity: Life ­– a status report

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:21pm

Species are disappearing quickly — but researchers are struggling to assess how bad the problem is.

Nature 516 158 doi: 10.1038/516158a

Stem cells: The black box of reprogramming

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:21pm

Scientists have been reprogramming adult cells into embryonic ones for decades — but they are only now getting to grips with the mechanics.

Nature 516 162 doi: 10.1038/516162a

Europe proposes joint Moon trips with Russia

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:21am

Space-agency scientists present plan to piggyback on two missions.

Nature 516 153 doi: 10.1038/516153a

Ebola experts seek to expand testing

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 1:21am

Rapid local diagnosis is essential for curbing spread.

Nature 516 154 doi: 10.1038/516154a

Microsoft billionaire takes on cell biology

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 6:21pm

New Allen institute will create simulations of cell behaviour.

Nature 516 157 doi: 10.1038/516157a

Titan's giant dunes track ancient climate

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 5:21pm

Long-term orbital wobbles drive changes in sand patterns on Saturnian moon.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16501

Images of the month: November 2014

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 11:21am

Pictures from the world of science, selected by Nature ’s art team.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16481

Compromise blooms in European GM crop debate

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 6:21pm

Agreement to permit country-level bans of genetically modified plants should ease deadlocks in EU approval process.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16503

Launch of Orion a step to NASA’s return to human spaceflight

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 4:21pm

The first human-rated US spacecraft since the space shuttle took an unmanned trial run.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16507