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Iran nuclear deal raises hopes for science

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:21pm

Iranian physicists excited at prospects for a new physics lab and greater collaboration with the rest of the world.

Nature 520 274 doi: 10.1038/520274a

Rule rewrite aims to clean up scientific software

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 6:21am

Nature Biotechnology asks peer reviewers to check accessibility of code used in computational studies.

Nature 520 276 doi: 10.1038/520276a

Pollutants waft over the Himalayas

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:21pm

World’s highest mountain range is no barrier to smoke from south Asia’s cooking stoves and forest fires.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17312

California unveils 'precision-medicine' project

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:21pm

The $3-million state initiative will coordinate with a national effort to promote individualized patient treatment.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17324

Leading scientists favour women in tenure-track hiring test

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:21pm

US science and engineering professors preferred female job candidates by two to one.

Nature 520 275 doi: 10.1038/520275a

Mystery of Ceres' bright spots grows

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:21pm

Data from NASA mission suggest varied origins for tantalizing gleams on dwarf planet's surface.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17313

Dark matter mapped at cosmic scale

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:21pm

Survey charts clusters and voids of invisible matter over hundreds of millions of light years.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17311

Gamma-ray method flags up nuclear stashes

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:21pm

Physicists investigating technique to enhance detection of uranium and plutonium in cargo.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17300

Tails tell the tale of dinosaur sex

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:21pm

Differences in size and shape of tail-bones offer way to tell male and female fossils apart.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17299

Wanted: staff-scientist positions for postdocs

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:21pm

Nature readers favour creating more secure jobs to fix science’s broken postdoctoral system.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17303

Acidic oceans linked to greatest extinction ever

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:21am

Rocks from 252 million years ago suggest that carbon dioxide from volcanoes made sea water lethal.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17276

UK funders demand strong statistics for animal studies

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 8:21am

Move addresses concerns that some experiments are not using enough animals.

Nature 520 271 doi: 10.1038/520271a

Mountain gorillas stuck in genetic bottleneck

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 7:21am

Full genome reveals surprising level of inbreeding and could aid conservation efforts.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17277

Iran nuclear deal poses scientific challenges

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 5:21am

From predictions of nuclear ‘break-out’ to monitoring for ‘sneak-out’, scientific expertise is central to the success of the preliminary accord.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17296

Test the effects of ash on jet engines

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:21am

To judge the safety of flying during an eruption, the airline industry cannot just rely on advances in volcanic monitoring and prediction, says Matthew Watson.

Nature 520 133 doi: 10.1038/520133a

Seven days: 3–9 April 2015

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 2:21pm

The week in science: Iran strikes deal on nuclear plans; Hong Kong academics decry government meddling; and souped-up LHC starts second run.

Nature 520 136 doi: 10.1038/520136a

African hub set up to boost research autonomy

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 12:21pm

Fledgling alliance will manage international grants and develop science strategy.

Nature 520 142 doi: 10.1038/520142a

Materials science: The hole story

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:21am

Swiss-cheese-like materials called metal–organic frameworks have long promised to improve gas storage, separation and catalysis. Now they are coming of age.

Nature 520 148 doi: 10.1038/520148a

Antibody shows promise as treatment for HIV

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 10:21am

Clinical trial is encouraging first step to developing new approach to HIV prevention, treatment and cure.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17260

Exotic atom struggles to find its place in the periodic table

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 7:21am

Experiment on chemistry of lawrencium reignites a decades-old debate.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17275