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Synthetic biologists seek standards for nascent field

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 2:21pm

Common language and methods are needed to fulfil biofactory dream.

Nature 520 141 doi: 10.1038/520141a

The future of the postdoc

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 10:21am

There is a growing number of postdocs and few places in academia for them to go. But change could be on the way.

Nature 520 144 doi: 10.1038/520144a

Interest grows in vaccines to fight foodborne illness

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:21pm

Global-health researchers look to supplement traditional tactics to reduce the health and economic impacts of food-borne pathogens.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17264

Beloved Brontosaurus makes a comeback

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:21pm

Jurassic giant's taxonomic status is restored.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17257

How California can survive the drought

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:21pm

Groundwater expert Leon Szeptycki explains how the state’s ineffectual water-management system is trying to come to grips with harsh, dry reality.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17265

Large Hadron Collider restarts

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 3:21pm

The second run of the world's most powerful particle collider is now under way.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17258

Race to stamp out animal plague begins

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:21pm

Killer disease that is scourge of world’s poorest ruminant farmers is ripe for elimination.

Nature 520 139 doi: 10.1038/520139a

How to tackle racism in UK universities

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:21pm

Social scientist Kalwant Bhopal discusses why black and minority ethnic academics are considering leaving the United Kingdom.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17239

Tumour mutations harnessed to build cancer vaccine

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:21pm

Preliminary attempt in humans generates robust immune response.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17250

UK clarifies controversial media restrictions on scientists

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:21pm

Research councils are exempt from rule requiring ministerial approval for press contact.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17255

UK election: Political parties respond on science

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:21am

Five parties lay out their positions on climate change, stem cells, immigration, genetically modified organisms and funding.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17256

Change the cancer conversation

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 7:21am

The 'war on cancer' has run off course. Efforts must refocus on the best interests of patients, says Colin Macilwain.

Nature 520 7 doi: 10.1038/520007a

Seven days: 27 March–2 April 2015

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:21am

The week in science: NASA’s controversial space rock plan; global renewable energy boost; and Stephen Hawking trademarks his name.

Nature 520 10 doi: 10.1038/520010a

Mini enzyme moves gene editing closer to the clinic

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 4:21am

Discovery expands potential CRISPR toolbox for treating genetic diseases in humans.

Nature 520 18 doi: 10.1038/520018a

Stopping deforestation: Battle for the Amazon

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 6:21pm

Brazil has waged a successful war on tropical deforestation, and other countries are trying to follow its lead. But victory remains fragile.

Nature 520 20 doi: 10.1038/520020a

Exoskeleton boots improve on evolution

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:21am

Unpowered mechanical design lowers the energetic costs of walking.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17237

Evidence-based medicine: Save blood, save lives

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:21am

Transfusions are one of the most overused treatments in modern medicine, at a cost of billions of dollars. Researchers are working out how to cut back.

Nature 520 24 doi: 10.1038/520024a

UK election: Upstart parties set out science plans

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:21am

What the rising influence of the Greens, UKIP and the Scottish National Party means for research policy.

Nature 520 16 doi: 10.1038/520016a

Neuron encyclopaedia fires up to reveal brain secrets

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:21am

But effort to catalogue brain’s building blocks may stoke disagreements over classification.

Nature 520 13 doi: 10.1038/520013a

UK election: Nature polls its readers on the science vote

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 8:21am

Survey suggests that left-leaning readers are taking more notice of historically minor parties.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17238