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NSF pulls support for quake observatory

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:21am

Troubled project sought to observe tremors from deep within the San Andreas fault.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15076

X-ray method could improve nuclear screening

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:21am

Rapid imaging technique adapted from medical applications shows promise in detection of nuclear materials.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15071

Moon dust probe crashes

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 8:21am

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How to build a Neanderthal

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 7:21am

Epigenetic maps help to explain how archaic humans differed from modern ones despite having very similar DNA sequences.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15063

Female insect uses spiky penis to take charge

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 8:21pm

Brazilian cave creatures's marathon sex sessions extract nourishment along with sperm from reluctant male.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15064

Earth-sized exoplanet spotted in star’s habitable zone

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 4:21pm

New-found world orbits a cool, dim star, and might even contain water.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15066

White dwarf acts as cosmic magnifying glass

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:21pm

Planet-hunting telescope sees long-predicted gravitational lensing of star in binary system by its companion.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15072

Toxicology: The plastics puzzle

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:21am

When toxicologists warned that the plastics ingredient BPA might be harmful, consumers clamoured for something new. But problems persist.

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Beware of backroom deals in the name of 'science'

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:21am

The term 'sound science' has become Orwellian double-speak for various forms of pro-business spin, says Colin Macilwain.

Nature 508 289 doi: 10.1038/508289a

Seven days: 11–17 April 2014

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:21am

The week in science: Japan reapproves use of nuclear power, second sighting of an exotic tetraquark, and biotech stocks plunge.

Nature 508 292 doi: 10.1038/508292a

Mini satellites prove their scientific power

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:21am

Proliferation of ‘CubeSats’ offers fresh and fast way to gather space data.

Nature 508 300 doi: 10.1038/508300a

Scientists find protein that unites sperm and egg

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 2:21pm

Newly discovered molecule plays crucial role in conception.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15058

Hepatitis C drugs not reaching poor

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:21pm

Treatment guidelines for virus highlight challenge of paying for expensive drugs in low-income countries.

Nature 508 295 doi: 10.1038/508295a

Panel homes in on sites for γ-ray detector

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:21pm

Cherenkov Telescope Array will track high-energy photons to probe black holes, dark matter and relativity.

Nature 508 297 doi: 10.1038/508297a

IPCC report under fire

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:21pm

Critics attack panel’s lack of specific guidance on how countries should lower emissions.

Nature 508 298 doi: 10.1038/508298a

Biologist defiant over stem-cell method

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:21am

Japanese author of controversial papers denies wrongdoing and stands by results as testing of her protocol begins.

Nature 508 299 doi: 10.1038/508299a

Power from the oceans: Blue energy

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:21am

After years in the doldrums, the quest to harvest energy from the oceans is gathering speed.

Nature 508 302 doi: 10.1038/508302a

US health secretary's legacy goes beyond Obamacare

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:21pm

Kathleen Sebelius oversaw a pandemic flu response, the expansion of Medicaid — and, yes, the flubbed health care website rollout.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15059

Sperm RNA carries marks of trauma

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:21pm

Stress alters the expression of small RNAs in male mice and leads to depressive behaviours in later generations.

Nature 508 296 doi: 10.1038/508296a

Ancient Mars probably too cold for liquid water

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:21pm

Planet’s atmosphere was too thin to keep its surface consistently warm, analysis suggests.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15042