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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

LHC expects to restart within days

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 6:21am

Attempts to clear the debris causing a short circuit appear successful.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17241

UN gets first pledges on road to Paris climate talks

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 4:21am

The United States, Europe and others file plans for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, with most expected to reveal commitments by July.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17247

Researchers chafe at halt of psychiatric trials

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:21pm

After external reports blast ethics practices, University of Minnesota stops drug-study enrolment.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17203

Poverty shrinks brains from birth       

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:21am

Studies show that children from low-income families have smaller brains and lower cognitive abilities.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17227

Budget restrictions bite for Europe's space mission hopefuls

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:21am

Plans to capture an asteroid and travel to other planets are culled from European Space Agency shortlist.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17226

Global-warming limit of 2 °C hangs in the balance

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 7:21am

Panel creates scientific baseline for debate about climate reparations.

Nature 520 14 doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17202

Concern raised over payment for fast-track peer review

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:21pm

Scientist resigns from NPG’s Scientific Reports journal over pilot project.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17204

Experts struggle to confirm archaeological damage in Iraq

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:21pm

Satellites offer clues to true scope of destruction by terrorist group ISIS.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17155

Gene counsellors expect resurgence of 'Jolie effect'

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:21pm

But misinterpreted results of tests for cancer risk can result in unnecessary surgery.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17184

Astronaut twins study raises questions about genetic privacy

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:21am

NASA research on Mark and Scott Kelly may never get published.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17199

Ebola’s fast evolution questioned

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 7:21am

Genome-sequencing study finds the virus evolving more slowly than thought, but others say the focus should be on monitoring the effects of new mutations.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17200

Bumblebee study called into question

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 3:21am

Data reanalysis casts doubt on UK government stance on neonicotinoid pesticides.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17201