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NIH plan to give ageing scientists cash draws scepticism

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 12:21pm

Agency wants to pay senior biomedical researchers to wind down their labs.

Nature 518 146 doi: 10.1038/518146a

Darwin’s iconic finches join genome club

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:21am

Scientists pinpoint genes behind famous beak variations.

Nature 518 147 doi: 10.1038/518147a

Measles by the numbers: A race to eradication

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:21am

The US media are abuzz after an outbreak of measles in Disneyland but the disease will keep on popping up until it is wiped out worldwide.

Nature 518 148 doi: 10.1038/518148a

Impact of UK research revealed in 7,000 case studies

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:21am

Language analysis reflects how projects succeeded in unique assessment.

Nature 518 150 doi: 10.1038/518150a

Light fantastic

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 8:21am

Scientists are pushing the properties of light to new extremes. A special issue explores these frontiers.

Nature 518 153 doi: 10.1038/518153a

Optics: Leading lights

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 11:21am

Shape it, squeeze it, energize it or tie it into knots. Scientists are taking light to new extremes.

Nature 518 154 doi: 10.1038/518154a

Optics: Super vision

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 3:21am

Using techniques adapted from astronomy, physicists are finding ways to see through opaque materials such as living tissue.

Nature 518 158 doi: 10.1038/518158a

US panel redefines chronic fatigue syndrome

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:21pm

Recommendation to change name to systemic exertion intolerance disease ignites controversy.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16905

Stem-cell star lands in same venture as disgraced cloner

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 3:21pm

Shoukhrat Mitalipov and Woo Suk Hwang are both involved in the deal but Mitalipov says the pair will not collaborate on research.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16907

Spaceplane re-entry is a European first

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 3:21pm

Prototype for reusable vehicle opens up potential for ferrying planetary samples and carrying humans.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16908

World hails UK vote on three-person embryos

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 2:21pm

British approval for pioneering fertility technique leads other nations to consider rule changes.

Nature 518 145 doi: 10.1038/518145a

Moot punishments for Japanese STAP scientists

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:21am

Lead author of retracted stem-cell papers is fired, and a co-author is suspended, from jobs they no longer held.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16904

Climate geoengineering schemes come under fire

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:21am

Influential US group lays out which planet-cooling proposals may work — and which won't.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16887

Hubble successor will struggle to hunt alien life

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 2:21pm

Exoplanet researchers will vie with astrophysicists for access to James Webb Space Telescope, which is not optimized for studying Earth-like worlds.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16886

Spotlights flip the switch on an evolutionary arms race

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 2:21pm

When lights go on, moths drop their guard against predatory bats.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16871

Tapeworms battle it out to control shared host

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 2:21pm

When two parasites want different things, only one can triumph.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16875

Ice ages made Earth's ocean crust thicker

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 2:21pm

Signatures of climate cycles spotted in hillocks on the sea floor.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16856

US government abandons carbon-capture demonstration

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 2:21pm

FutureGen project would have retrofitted a coal-fired power plant to collect and bury carbon emissions.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16868

Seven days: 30 January–5 February 2015

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:21pm

The week in science: US nuclear-waste plan technically sound, China opens its first top-level biosecurity lab, teams scoop prizes for progress en route to the Moon.

Nature 518 10 doi: 10.1038/518010a

Autonomous vehicles: No drivers required

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:21pm

Automation is one of the hottest topics in transportation research and could yield completely driverless cars in less than a decade.

Nature 518 20 doi: 10.1038/518020a