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DNA data explosion lights up the Bronze Age

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 3:21am

Population-scale studies suggest that migrants spread steppe language and technology.

Nature 522 140 doi: 10.1038/522140a

The Pentagon’s gamble on brain implants, bionic limbs and combat exoskeletons

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 3:21pm

DARPA is making a big push into biological research — but some scientists question whether its high-risk approach can work.

Nature 522 142 doi: 10.1038/522142a

Genetic mutation blocks prion disease

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 9:21am

Unknown mechanism helped some people in Papua New Guinea escape historic, deadly outbreak.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17725

How to make sense of MERS outbreak data

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 9:21am

Plotted data show that next week will reveal whether South Korea’s infection-control measures are working.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17729

South Korean MERS outbreak spotlights lack of research

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 7:21am

How Middle East respiratory syndrome jumps from animals to humans remains a puzzle.

Nature 522 139 doi: 10.1038/522139a

The rise of Africa’s super vegetables

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 3:21pm

Long overlooked in parts of Africa, indigenous greens are now capturing attention for their nutritional and environmental benefits.

Nature 522 146 doi: 10.1038/522146a

Irreproducible biology research costs put at $28 billion per year

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 11:21am

Study calculates cost of flawed biomedical research in the United States.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17711

Image software spots links in tattoo ink

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:21am

Computer scientists develop automated methods to recognize tattoos in images, aiding law enforcement.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17714

Start-ups fight for a place in Boston’s biotech hub

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 6:21am

Competition for lab space threatens Kendall Square’s innovative spark.

Nature 522 138 doi: 10.1038/522138a

Injectable brain implant spies on individual neurons

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 6:21am

Electronic mesh has potential to unravel workings of mammalian brain.

Nature 522 137 doi: 10.1038/522137a

Controversial molecular-analysis tool tries for a comeback

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 1:21pm

A technique that once promised to simplify crystallography appears useful, but only for niche applications.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17702

Contamination shuts down NIH pharmacy centre

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 12:21pm

US Food and Drug Administration finds fungus and insects in lab that supplies drugs for clinical trials.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17703

Natural gas stands to get a boost from carbon tax

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:21pm

At a global meeting, energy companies weigh up the benefits of a price on emissions.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17705

South Korean MERS outbreak is not a global threat

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 1:21pm

The largest outbreak of the MERS coronavirus outside the Middle East is no different to previous outbreaks in the way that it spreads.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17709

US lawmakers approve controversial spending bill

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 1:21pm

Proposal for NSF and NASA would take from Earth and social sciences, and give to planetary exploration.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17696

Friction of a single atom measured with light

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:21pm

Suspended ions mimic strange 'superlubricity' phenomenon.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17698

'Bizarre' triceratops relative unearthed

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:21am

New horned dinosaur named after amateur finder.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17699

Climate-change ‘hiatus’ disappears with new data

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:21am

US agency’s updated temperature records suggest that global warming continues apace.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17700

The week in science: 29 May–4 June 2015

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:21am

The breakdown of global hunger; Rosetta’s spectacular cometary close-up; and conservationists are happy with China’s latest move.

Nature 522 10 doi: 10.1038/522010a

Ebola outbreak thrusts MSF into new roles

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 1:21pm

Relief agency sees its mission expanding after leading response to West Africa epidemic.

Nature 522 18 doi: 10.1038/522018a