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Physics: Wave of the future

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:21am

After two decades and more than half a billion dollars, LIGO, the world's largest gravitational-wave observatory, is on the verge of a detection. Maybe.

Nature 511 278 doi: 10.1038/511278a

Weight-loss surgery: A gut-wrenching question

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 2:21pm

Gastric-bypass surgery can curb obesity as well as diabetes and a slew of other problems. Researchers are now trying to find out how it works.

Nature 511 282 doi: 10.1038/511282a

Diamond squished to reveal secrets of giant planets

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 1:21pm

Lasers subject gem to millions of times atmospheric pressure

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15547

Ancient fossils sport modern brains

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:21pm

Marine predators from the Cambrian era had brains wired like some in living inverterbrates.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15565

Take a virtual voyage into Darwin's library

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 8:21am

A science historian describes how he reconstructed the collection of texts the naturalist used aboard the HMS Beagle .

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15568

Gene therapy creates biological pacemaker

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 8:21pm

Pig-heart cells modified to keep a steady beat.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15569

Safety lapses in US government labs spark debate

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 3:21pm

Head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pledges ‘comprehensive, sweeping change’ after incidents involving influenza and anthrax.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15570

Many women scientists sexually harassed during fieldwork

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 2:21pm

An expanded survey of abuse in the field points to the need for clearer policies.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15571

Seven days: 11–17 July 2014

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 1:21pm

The week in science: Smallpox found in fridge; HIV-rebound dashes hope of ‘cure’; and scandal over faked peer review.

Nature 511 268 doi: 10.1038/511268a

Quantum-hub finalists picked

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 1:21pm

UK government considers eight proposals for up to six research centres.

Nature 511 271 doi: 10.1038/511271a

Wellcome Trust looks to youth and ‘high-risk’ research

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 1:21pm

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Landslide risks rise up agenda

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:21am

Forum on deadly natural phenomena discusses use of simulation and hazard-mapping technologies.

Nature 511 272 doi: 10.1038/511272a

Scripps merger fiasco highlights US funding woes

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 7:21am

Other independent biomedical research institutions have turned to private benefactors.

Nature 511 274 doi: 10.1038/511274a

Charity begins at CERN

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 7:21am

Particle-physics lab sets up fund for ‘extras’ as other big institutes mull similar move.

Nature 511 276 doi: 10.1038/511276a

Video: Sunflowers move to internal rhythm

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 6:21pm

Biological clock choreographs plants' daily pursuit of sunlight.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15548

Fresh blood for UK science as popular minister quits

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 6:21pm

Greg Clark, the minister for cities and local growth, will take over from the highly regarded David Willetts as universities and science minister.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15563

Journals weigh up double-blind peer review

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 5:21pm

Anonymity of authors as well as reviewers could level field for women and minorities in science.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15564

Scientists praise outgoing UK science minister

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 5:21pm

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Mars probe to get rare view of comet

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:21pm

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First boron ‘buckyball’ could be used to store hydrogen

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:21pm

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