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Spaceplane re-entry is a European first

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 2:21pm

Prototype for reusable vehicle opens up potential for ferrying planetary samples and carrying humans.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16908

World hails UK vote on three-person embryos

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:21pm

British approval for pioneering fertility technique leads other nations to consider rule changes.

Nature 518 145 doi: 10.1038/518145a

Moot punishments for Japanese STAP scientists

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:21am

Lead author of retracted stem-cell papers is fired, and a co-author is suspended, from jobs they no longer held.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16904

Climate geoengineering schemes come under fire

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:21am

Influential US group lays out which planet-cooling proposals may work — and which won't.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16887

Hubble successor will struggle to hunt alien life

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:21pm

Exoplanet researchers will vie with astrophysicists for access to James Webb Space Telescope, which is not optimized for studying Earth-like worlds.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16886

Spotlights flip the switch on an evolutionary arms race

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:21pm

When lights go on, moths drop their guard against predatory bats.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16871

Tapeworms battle it out to control shared host

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:21pm

When two parasites want different things, only one can triumph.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16875

Ice ages made Earth's ocean crust thicker

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:21pm

Signatures of climate cycles spotted in hillocks on the sea floor.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16856

US government abandons carbon-capture demonstration

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:21pm

FutureGen project would have retrofitted a coal-fired power plant to collect and bury carbon emissions.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16868

Seven days: 30 January–5 February 2015

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 12:21pm

The week in science: US nuclear-waste plan technically sound, China opens its first top-level biosecurity lab, teams scoop prizes for progress en route to the Moon.

Nature 518 10 doi: 10.1038/518010a

Autonomous vehicles: No drivers required

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 12:21pm

Automation is one of the hottest topics in transportation research and could yield completely driverless cars in less than a decade.

Nature 518 20 doi: 10.1038/518020a

Blended structure makes steel light yet sturdy

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 9:21am

Material bests titanium alloy for strength and ductility.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16849

Protein tweak boosts plants' drought tolerance

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 9:21am

Creative technique is a welcome step in the face of warming climates and water shortages.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16850

Trail of dust and gravitational waves tracked in arXiv papers

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 7:21am

Manuscripts posted to preprint website tell a tale of increasing scepticism.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16853

Major biodiversity initiative needs support

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:21am

An effort aimed at protecting ecosystems, modelled on the agency battling climate change, will need protecting from powerful enemies, warns Ehsan Masood.

Nature 518 7 doi: 10.1038/518007a

Obama budget seeks big boost for science

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 4:21pm

White House plan would increase research and development funding but faces rough road in Congress.

Nature 518 13 doi: 10.1038/518013a

Saudi university backs slow road to modernization

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:21pm

Researchers at top science institute say education will have more effect than vocal opposition.

Nature 518 18 doi: 10.1038/518018a

Neuroscience: The brain, interrupted

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:21pm

Babies are increasingly surviving premature birth — but researchers are only beginning to understand the lasting consequences for their mental development.

Nature 518 24 doi: 10.1038/518024a

Scientists cheer vote to allow three-person embryos

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 11:21am

British decision could be a watershed to approving mitochondrial replacement technique in other countries.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16843

Comet scientists abandon Philae flyby

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 10:21am

Rosetta comet orbiter will continue with its planned course which rules out making a special trip to find Philae lander.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16844