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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

Gravitational-wave hunt enters next phase

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 3:21pm

The landmark BICEP2 result has turned to dust, but the search for primordial cosmic ripples continues.

Nature 518 16 doi: 10.1038/518016a

Graphene’s cousin silicene makes transistor debut

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:21pm

Creation of electronic device using atom-thin silicon sheets could boost work on other flat materials.

Nature 518 17 doi: 10.1038/518017a

Electric algae, capsized icebergs and cosmic pillars

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 1:21pm

January's sharpest science shots, as chosen by Nature' s art team.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16829

Analysis of trial data revives flu-drug row

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 9:21am

What are the benefits of Tamiflu, and why is it so controversial?

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16820

Gravitational waves discovery now officially dead

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

Combined data from South Pole experiment BICEP2 and Planck probe point to Galactic dust as confounding signal.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16830

Obama to seek $215 million for precision-medicine plan

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

Details emerge as White House prepares to release budget request to Congress.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16824

German police raid animal-research lab

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

Documents seized from Max Planck Institute in Tübingen.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16813

People can be identified through their credit-card transactions

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:21am

Analysis suggests that making data anonymous is not enough to protect consumers.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16817

Survey finds US public still supports science

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:21am

Researchers question meaning of an apparent opinion gap between scientists and the public.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16818

Gather data to reveal true extent of doping in sport

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 1:21pm

Drug cheats will not be tackled properly until anti-doping agencies do more to assess the scale of the problem scientifically, says Roger Pielke Jr.

Nature 517 529 doi: 10.1038/517529a

Seven days: 23–29 January 2015

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 11:21am

The week in science: Obama announces precision-medicine push, marijuana research endorsed by paediatric group, and Israel frees jailed Palestinian physicist.

Nature 517 532 doi: 10.1038/517532a

Neanderthals gain human neighbour

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:21am

Cranium discovery shows that Homo sapiens was living in Middle East 55,000 years ago.

Nature 517 541 doi: 10.1038/517541a

Not your average technician

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:21am

Research relies on unsung heroes working behind the scenes — and some of them have rather unusual jobs.

Nature 517 542 doi: 10.1038/517542a

US lawmakers seek to revamp biomedical research

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 5:21am

Plan would hasten development of new treatments with major changes to key government agencies.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16807