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Plastic material imitates veins to heal itself

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 11:21am

Automatic delivery of patching liquid could seal cracks in spacecraft.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15190

Misconduct verdict stands for Japanese stem-cell researcher

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 4:21pm

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Time to settle the synthetic controversy

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 3:21pm

If synthetic biology is to thrive, the world needs to decide now how the field should be regulated and supported, says Volker ter Meulen.

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Seven days: 2–8 May 2014

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 3:21pm

The week in science: Polio declared international health emergency; UK considers lifting confidentiality on animal research; and RIKEN panel dogged by further misconduct allegations.

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Avalanche hotspot revealed

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 2:21pm

Study of disaster-prone Russian islands underscores perils of colonizing unfamiliar terrains.

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Universities seek to boost industry partnerships

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 7:21am

As drug companies shift focus, academia ramps up its role in bringing discoveries to market.

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Imaging: Cancer caught in the act

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 4:21pm

Methods for monitoring tumour cells in living animals are transforming our view of cancer.

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Synthetic biology: Beyond divisions

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 1:21pm

Since the birth of synthetic biology nearly 15 years ago, the field has splintered into diverse tribes of scientists, all attempting to bestow cells with new abilities.

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Synthetic biology: Cultural divide

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 12:21pm

Synthetic biology is facing a tug of war over whether to patent its discoveries or embrace open-source innovation.

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Long-snouted tyrannosaur unearthed

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 3:21pm

'Pinocchio rex' roamed southern China just before the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15159

Electronics' noise disorients migratory birds

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 1:21pm

Man-made electromagnetic radiation disrupts robins' internal magnetic compasses.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15176

Accusations pile up amid Japan’s stem-cell controversy

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 1:21pm

Scientists under scrutiny as members of investigating committee are accused of irregularities in their own research.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15163

Model Universe recreates evolution of the cosmos

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 10:21am

Successful simulation lends weight to standard model of cosmology.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15178

Women and minorities still face uphill struggle in UK science

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 10:21am

Campaign group suggests 'quick wins' to begin levelling the playing field.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15177

First life with 'alien' DNA

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 8:21am

An engineered bacterium is able to copy DNA that contains unnatural genetic letters.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15179

Global scientific output doubles every nine years

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 3:21pm

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Indian elections fall flat on science

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 2:21pm

Researchers concerned about country’s competitiveness as most party manifestos neglect innovation.

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Antibiotic resistance sweeping developing world

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 2:21pm

Bacteria are increasingly dodging extermination as drug availability outpaces regulation.

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Climate change makes extreme weather more likely to hit UK

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 1:21pm

Exceptional rains like those of winter 2014 will be more frequent because of greenhouse effect.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15141