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Rosetta probe makes history by landing on comet

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:21am

Philae spacecraft has transmitted data to Earth, but may not be anchored to comet surface.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16340

Edits to ethics code rankle

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 7:21pm

Clinical-trial obligations introduced into the Helsinki declaration called too onerous by some.

Nature 515 174 doi: 10.1038/515174a

Ethical dilemma for Ebola drug trials

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:21pm

Public-health officials split on use of control groups in tests of experimental treatments.

Nature 515 177 doi: 10.1038/515177a

Human brainwaves light up mouse genes

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:21pm

Implant uses the human brain’s electrical activity to control gene expression in mice using flashes of light.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16324

Astronomers win big in science mega-awards

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:21am

US$36 million in Breakthrough prizes awarded to researchers in physics, life sciences and mathematics.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16321

Italian seismologists cleared of manslaughter

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:21am

Appeals court says six scientists did not cause deaths in 2009 L'Aquila earthquake and cuts sentence of a government official.

Nature 515 171 doi: 10.1038/515171a

Landing on a comet: A guide to Rosetta’s perilous mission

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:21am

A graphical guide identifies the dangers ahead for the Philae probe.

Nature 515 172 doi: 10.1038/515172a

NASA's plan to visit an asteroid faces rocky start

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:21am

Keystone US human spaceflight mission for the next decade may be over before it begins.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16322

Leader of European virus-response network unseated

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:21am

Critics say timing of move could hamper response to Ebola epidemic.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16301

Google Scholar pioneer on search engine’s future

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:21am

As the search engine approaches its 10th birthday, Nature speaks to the co-creator of Google Scholar.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16269

Black-hole mergers cast kaleidoscope of shadows

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:21am

The objects would bend light around them into a 'fractal' as they spiral into each other.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16283

Half of stars lurk outside galaxies

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 7:21am

Rocket experiment captures glow attributed to renegade stars in intergalactic space.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16288

Spooks generated by brain-body mismatch

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:21am

Illusory feeling that someone is behind you may be caused by faulty integration of signals from the body.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16294

California observatory wins back funding

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 8:21pm

University of California rescinds order for Lick Observatory to become self-supporting.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16299

Future of Great Barrier Reef divides scientists

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

Marine-park management comes under scrutiny as conservationists descend on Australia.

Nature 515 16 doi: 10.1038/515016a

Seven days: 31 October–6 November 2014

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

The week in science: Lava flow invades Hawaiian town; Poland moves to join European Southern Observatory; and China completes round-trip lunar mission.

Nature 515 12 doi: 10.1038/515012a

Lobbying sways NIH grants

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:21am

Pressure on lawmakers from patient-advocacy groups has shaped agency spending on rare-disease research.

Nature 515 19 doi: 10.1038/515019a

University sued after firing creationist fossil hunter

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:21am

Microscopist’s wrongful-dismissal case faces long odds.

Nature 515 20 doi: 10.1038/515020a

After the Berlin Wall: Central Europe up close

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 5:21pm

In the 25 years since the collapse of communism, the countries of central and Eastern Europe have each carved their own identity in science.

Nature 515 22 doi: 10.1038/515022a

Plasma-surfing machine brings mini-accelerators closer

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 4:21pm

Surfing 'wakefield' waves boosts electron energies over short distances.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16289