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Is it right to reverse extinction?

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 4:21pm

Several groups are working to bring back long-dead species, but these efforts could undo some hard-learned lessons, argues Ben Minteer.

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Seven days 9–15 May 2014

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 2:21pm

The week in science: Britain pledges to be more open about animal research; Stanford University axes coal-company investments; and Vermont passes GM-labelling law.

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Homophobia and HIV research: Under siege

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 1:21pm

A wave of anti-gay laws and homophobia in Africa is hampering efforts to study and curb the spread of HIV.

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Cosmology: First light

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 7:21am

The left-over radiation from the Big Bang has given up what may be its last great secret about the early Universe, but astronomers are determined to mine more from this primordial prize.

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Giant sperm found in crustacean fossils

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 2:21pm

‘Gargantuan gametes’ are oldest on record and have visible nuclei.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15218

Silkworm sex factor is no ordinary gene

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 1:21pm

Creature is first one found to have sex determined by RNA rather than proteins.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15221

UK institutions sign up to animal-research openness

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 6:21pm

‘Concordat’ commits universities, industry and funders to greater transparency.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15222

Wanted: cure for fatal effects of radiation

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 3:21pm

Drug that treats damage to the gut could help people undergoing radiation therapy for cancer — or victims of a terrorist attack.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15225

Compound boosts lifespan in worms

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 3:21pm

Chemical supplement extends longevity by about 50%. 

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15224

Australia shakes up science budget

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 6:21am

Clean-energy agency axed and major funding cuts hit the government's science agency, while biomedical research celebrates gains.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15232

Russia's retaliation could doom Space Station

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 6:21am

Cooperation with the United States will end in 2020 as fallout of Ukraine crisis reaches space.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15228

NIH to require sex-reporting in preclinical studies

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 5:21pm

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‘Misreading’ of data led to errors in statin papers

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 3:21pm

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Microbiome therapy gains market traction

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 2:21pm

Wave of investment suggests drugs from body-dwelling bacteria are heading for the clinic.

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Atlantic current strength declines

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 2:21pm

But more data are needed to indicate whether the slowing is a result of human-induced climate change.

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Call for better oversight of nuclear-waste storage

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 2:21pm

Accident at US repository highlights need for tougher safety monitoring, say experts.

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Ancient faeces reveal origins of Puerto Rican natives

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 1:21pm

DNA isolated from 1,600-year-old fossilized stools suggests migration from the Andes.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15203

Neutron death mystery has physicists stymied

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 12:21pm

Conflicting measurements of particle's lifetime could point to exotic new physics.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15219

Prehistoric impact idea smacked down

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 12:21pm

Analysis suggests dates of reported cosmic collision cannot explain North American extinctions.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15194

Tibet mountainous long before Himalayas

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 12:21pm

Rock isotopes and fossils suggest region already had high elevations before India collided with Asia.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15191