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Seven days: 15–21 August 2014

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 7:21am

The week in science: Africa’s Ebola problem continues to worsen, the true cost of scientific misconduct in the United States, and Maryam Mirzakhani is first woman to win a Fields Medal.

Nature 512 236 doi: 10.1038/512236a

Neanderthals: Bone technique redrafts prehistory

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:21am

Carbon-dating improvements show that Neanderthals disappeared from Europe much earlier than thought.

Nature 512 242 doi: 10.1038/512242a

Lakes under the ice: Antarctica’s secret garden

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 2:21pm

Samples from a lake hidden under 800 metres of ice contain thousands of microbes and hint at vast ecosystems yet to be discovered.

Nature 512 244 doi: 10.1038/512244a

Congo polio strain can resist vaccine

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 1:21pm

Variant was responsible for a deadly outbreak but is stopped by fresh, oral immunization.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15731

Drug saves monkeys from close relative of Ebola

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:21pm

Animals spared from Marburg virus even when treated three days after infection.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15745

Icelandic volcano shakes ominously

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:21pm

Seismic unrest at Bárðarbunga has scientists primed for an eruption.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15747

Seals brought TB to Americas

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:21am

Bacteria found in ancient Peru remains points to relatively recent origin of the disease and to its spread by sea.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15748

More parents nixing anti-bleeding shots for their newborns

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:21pm

Anti-vax parents are extending their fears into a rejection of all shots — including vitamin K, which can prevent potentially fatal hemorrhaging in infants.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15749

Double threat for Tibet

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 1:21pm

Climate change and human development are jeopardizing the plateau’s fragile environment.

Nature 512 240 doi: 10.1038/512240a

NIH to probe racial disparity in grant awards

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 7:21pm

US agency will assess whether grant reviewers are biased against minority applicants.

Nature 512 243 doi: 10.1038/512243a

African elephant numbers collapsing

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

Long-awaited study suggests that many of the continent's elephant populations could be wiped out in ten years.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15732

Dust reveals ancient origin for Saturn's rings

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

Data from the Cassini spacecraft suggest rings formed 4.4 billion years ago.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15743

High-risk brain research wins NSF backing

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

Agency awards $10.8 million in grants to support US government initiative.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15733

Man-made quakes shake the ground less than natural ones

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:21pm

Seismic danger from oil and gas operations may be overestimated.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15742

Developing brains switch maths strategies

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:21pm

Counting on fingers gives way to memorized sums as neurons change connections.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15724

NIH chief keeps hopes afloat

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:21pm

Director Francis Collins discusses the changing landscape of biomedical research.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15723

US drone research hits regulatory turbulence

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:21pm

Federal rules ground scientists using remotely piloted aircraft at private universities.

Nature 512 239 doi: 10.1038/512239a

Oceans need saving before science is nailed

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:21pm

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Researchers create 1,000-robot swarm

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:21pm

Tiny troupe could shed light on collective behaviour in animals and humans.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15714

First dust grains from outside the Solar System

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:21am

Citizen-science project identifies particles caught by NASA craft as having likely interstellar origin.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15720