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Dwarf planet stretches Solar System's edge

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 4:21pm

Icy body found far beyond Pluto raises questions about cosmic history.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14921

Prehistoric 'weird shrimps' traded claws for nets

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:21pm

Cambrian fossil is earliest example of large swimming filter-feeder.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14934

Chaos-theory pioneer nabs Abel Prize

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 4:21am

Yakov Sinai has developed fundamental tools for the study of unpredictable phenomena.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14935

Salamander shrinkage linked to climate change

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 2:21pm

Hotter, drier weather causes the amphibians to burn energy faster, researchers suggest.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14936

Asteroids can have rings, too

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 2:21pm

Chariklo is the first body after the giant planets found to have a ring system.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14937

Misleading mouse studies waste medical resources

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 3:21pm

Retrospective of more than 100 failed drugs show many should have never made it to clinical trials.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14938

UK faces physics ‘catastrophe’ without funding increase

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 2:21pm

Report to funding council warns UK could lose leading international position.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14939

Federal red tape ties up marijuana research

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:21pm

Despite drug’s legalization in two US states, biomedical science faces continued restrictions.

Nature 507 407 doi: 10.1038/507407a

NASA missions bid for extensions

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 6:21pm

Scientists must show projects’ potential to secure funding.

Nature 507 409 doi: 10.1038/507409a

Software patents await legal fate

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 4:21pm

Supreme Court ruling could affect medical-diagnostics firms.

Nature 507 410 doi: 10.1038/507410a

Chile puts plan for science ministry on hold

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:21pm

Government rethinks former president’s bid to create first unified science department.

Nature 507 412 doi: 10.1038/507412a

Electronic cigarettes ‘don’t aid quitting’, study says

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:21pm

But some researchers argue that it is too early to dismiss potential health benefits.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14918

Face-blind people can learn to tell similar shapes apart

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:21pm

Study could support theory that the brain has specialized mechanisms for recognizing faces.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14916

Biodegradable battery could melt inside the body

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 2:21pm

Medical implants would monitor vital signs or dispense therapies before vanishing.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14919

Gravitational-wave finding causes 'spring cleaning' in physics

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 2:21pm

Big Bang findings would strengthen case for multiverse and all but rule out a 'cyclic Universe'.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14910

Canadian grizzly bears face expanded hunt

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:21pm

Researchers protest that British Columbia's hunting quotas are not based on science.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14914

Mugshots built from DNA data

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:21pm

Computer program crudely predicts a facial structure from genetic variations.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14899

Human nose can detect 1 trillion odours

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:21am

What the the nose knows might as well be limitless, researchers suggest.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14904

Seven days: 14–20 March 2014

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 8:21am

The week in science: GM crop contamination; Swiss grants crisis; and Asian carp invasions.

Nature 507 278 doi: 10.1038/507278a

Wanted: Fraud-buster with political antennae

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 8:21am

A mild-mannered man’s fiery resignation leaves a troubling vacancy at the world’s largest office for investigating scientific fraud, says Colin Macilwain.

Nature 507 275 doi: 10.1038/507275a