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Gates Foundation Challenges turn ten

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 9:21am

A decade of aiming to solve specific problems has yielded crucial lessons, says foundation official Steven Buchsbaum.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16094

Nobel for blue LED that revolutionized lighting

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 9:21am

Physics prize recognizes potential of invention with power to reduce global electricity consumption.

Nature 514 152 doi: 10.1038/514152a

Work still needed to reduce animals in research

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 4:21pm

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Nobel prize for decoding brain’s sense of place

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:21pm

Discoverers of brain’s navigation system get physiology Nobel.

Nature 514 153 doi: 10.1038/514153a

Manure fertilizer increases antibiotic resistance

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:21pm

Faeces from antibiotic-free cows helps resistant bacteria to flourish in soil, puzzling researchers.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16081

Neuroscience: Brains of Norway

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:21pm

Nobel prizewinners May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser have spent a career together near the Arctic Circle exploring how our brains know where we are.

Nature 514 154 doi: 10.1038/514154a

Dirty skies can swell rivers

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:21pm

Sunlight-blocking air pollution hampers evaporation and produces more surface runoff.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16072

Ethnography could help in Ebola crisis

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 2:21pm

Tapping into local cultures is key to curbing outbreak, says anthropologist Sharon Abramowitz.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16067

Disclosing conflicts of interest has unintended effects

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:21am

US database of payments to physicians is likely to complicate ties to patients and drug companies.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16077

New particle is both matter and antimatter

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:21am

Researchers see signature of 'Majorana particles' inside superconducting iron.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16074

Computer scientist makes prion advance

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:21am

Onset of inherited disease does not change over generations, finds Eric Minikel, whose wife is affected.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16047

Gravity map uncovers sea-floor surprises

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 5:21am

Sharpest pictures yet of the ocean basins reveal uncharted volcanoes and other geological wonders.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16048

Physicists' model proposes evolutionary role for cancer

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 7:21pm

Stressed cells could become cancerous as a 'safe mode', pointing to oxygen and immunotherapy are the best ways to beat the disease.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16068

How disease detectives are fighting Ebola's spread

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 1:21pm

Rapid 'contact tracing' will be key to containing the disease in west Africa.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16069

Seven days: 26 September–2 October

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 1:21pm

The week in science: Japanese volcano erupts, India's Mars mission enters orbit, and Obama orders massive expansion of marine reserve.

Nature 514 10 doi: 10.1038/514010a

Ebola outbreak shuts down malaria-control efforts

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:21pm

Public-health experts fear that one epidemic may fuel another in West Africa.

Nature 514 15 doi: 10.1038/514015a

Tibetan plateau gets wired up for monsoon prediction

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:21am

Largest and highest plateau in the world has outsized impact on climate.

Nature 514 16 doi: 10.1038/514016a

Astronomy: To catch a cosmic ray

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 4:21pm

The Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina has spent almost ten years looking for the source of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays — but to no avail. Now the observatory faces an uncertain future.

Nature 514 20 doi: 10.1038/514020a

Cyanide cloud puts a chill in Titan's air

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 7:21am

Icy particles high above south pole of Saturn moon create hiccups in atmospheric models.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16035

The first South Americans: Extreme living

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 7:21am

After humans arrived in South America, they quickly spread into some of its most remote corners.

Nature 514 24 doi: 10.1038/514024a