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Biodiversity: Life ­– a status report

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:21pm

Species are disappearing quickly — but researchers are struggling to assess how bad the problem is.

Nature 516 158 doi: 10.1038/516158a

Stem cells: The black box of reprogramming

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:21pm

Scientists have been reprogramming adult cells into embryonic ones for decades — but they are only now getting to grips with the mechanics.

Nature 516 162 doi: 10.1038/516162a

Europe proposes joint Moon trips with Russia

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:21am

Space-agency scientists present plan to piggyback on two missions.

Nature 516 153 doi: 10.1038/516153a

Ebola experts seek to expand testing

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 12:21am

Rapid local diagnosis is essential for curbing spread.

Nature 516 154 doi: 10.1038/516154a

Microsoft billionaire takes on cell biology

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 5:21pm

New Allen institute will create simulations of cell behaviour.

Nature 516 157 doi: 10.1038/516157a

Titan's giant dunes track ancient climate

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 4:21pm

Long-term orbital wobbles drive changes in sand patterns on Saturnian moon.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16501

Images of the month: November 2014

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:21am

Pictures from the world of science, selected by Nature ’s art team.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16481

Compromise blooms in European GM crop debate

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 5:21pm

Agreement to permit country-level bans of genetically modified plants should ease deadlocks in EU approval process.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16503

Launch of Orion a step to NASA’s return to human spaceflight

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

The first human-rated US spacecraft since the space shuttle took an unmanned trial run.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16507

'Bat-nav' system enables three-dimensional manoeuvres

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:21pm

Study reveals surprising neural code based on bagel-shaped coordinate system.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16475

Watson's Nobel medal sells for US$4.1 million

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:21pm

DNA scientist says that he will donate some proceeds from auction to support research.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16500

Seven days: 28 November–4 December 2014

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 12:21pm

The week in science: Amazon deforestation dips; Polio vaccinators killed in Pakistan; and Iran gets new science minister.

Nature 516 12 doi: 10.1038/516012a

Rival species recast significance of ‘first bird’

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 12:21pm

Archaeopteryx ’s status is changing, but the animal is still key to the dinosaur–bird transition.

Nature 516 18 doi: 10.1038/516018a

Physics: Quantum computer quest

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 12:21pm

After a 30-year struggle to harness quantum weirdness for computing, physicists finally have their goal in reach.

Nature 516 24 doi: 10.1038/516024a

Natural gas: The fracking fallacy

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

The United States is banking on decades of abundant natural gas to power its economic resurgence. That may be wishful thinking.

Nature 516 28 doi: 10.1038/516028a

NASA's deep-space crew capsule faces first big test

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 8:21am

Orion will fly without astronauts for now, but may eventually ferry them to Mars.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16476

Ebola experts seek to expand testing

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 6:21am

Rapid local diagnosis is essential for curbing spread.

Nature 516 154 doi: 10.1038/516154a

Critics allege misuse of funds by US ecology project

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:21am

Republicans say that the National Science Foundation allowed improper spending by contractor.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16498

Homo erectus made world's oldest doodle 500,000 years ago

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:21am

Shell markings are the oldest abstract signs ever discovered.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16477

Science should keep out of partisan politics

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 2:21pm

The Republican urge to cut funding is not necessarily anti-science, and the research community ought not to pick political sides, says Daniel Sarewitz.

Nature 516 9 doi: 10.1038/516009a