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Computer science: The learning machines

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 8:21pm

Using massive amounts of data to recognize photos and speech, deep-learning computers are taking a big step towards true artificial intelligence.

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Islands make animals tamer

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 8:21pm

Lizard study supports Darwin's hunch that lack of predators leads to unwatchful behaviour.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14462

US cold snap fuels climate debate

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 4:21pm

Links are tenuous between Arctic warming and the extreme cold weather caused by a weak 'polar vortex'.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14485

Cheap battery stores energy for a rainy day

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 1:21pm

Quinone could make flow-battery technology competitive with current storage methods.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14486

Why sharks have no bones

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 12:21pm

Elephant shark's genome — the first of a cartilaginous fish — exposes early evolution of vertebrates.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14487

Fish flaunt neon glow

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 5:21pm

Scientists find extensive evidence of biofluorescence in marine species.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14488

Hubble telescope reveals deepest view of the Universe yet

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 2:21pm

A new deep-field photo of a 'blank spot' in space unveils thousands of previously unseen primordial galaxies.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14489

Leaked files slam stem-cell therapy

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 2:21pm

Disclosures and resignations reveal scientific concerns over methods of Italy’s Stamina Foundation.

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Particle-physics papers set free

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 2:21pm

Tensions as open-access initiative goes live — without the field’s leading journal.

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Projects set to tackle neglected diseases

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 11:21am

But they do little to alter the process of drug development.

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Anti-tobacco efforts have saved millions of lives around the globe

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 8:21pm

Review of five decades of policies reveals success stories, but smoking rates are still increasing in some nations.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14461

Bizarre star could host a neutron star in its core

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 7:21pm

Astronomers spot best candidate for a Thorne-Zytkow object, a hybrid star proposed almost 40 years ago.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14478

Ancient times table hidden in Chinese bamboo strips

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 3:21pm

The 2,300-year-old matrix is the world's oldest decimal multiplication table.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14482

Shipwreck points to 18th-century race to colonize New Zealand

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 2:21pm

Vessel buried off North Island coast sank more than 50 years before James Cook's discovery expedition.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14464

This was no Antarctic pleasure cruise

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 2:21pm

After his polar vessel became trapped in shifting sea ice, Chris Turney defends the scientific basis of the expedition.

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Earth-mass exoplanet is no Earth twin

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 1:21pm

Gaseous planet challenges assumption that Earth-mass planets should be rocky.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14477

Supervolcanoes erupt by their own rules

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 1:21pm

Mega-eruptions and smaller volcanoes are triggered by different mechanisms.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14460

Dark-matter search considers exotic possibilities

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:21pm

As observations fail to pin down the stuff, explanations once considered fringe are getting another look.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14459

French academy decries slide in research spending

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:21am

Cut of €80 million in 2014 budget threatens health of basic research, scientists warn.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2013.14451

Earthquake lights linked to rift zones

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 8:21am

Steep geological faults most likely to host strange luminescence.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14455