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Game-playing software holds lessons for neuroscience

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

DeepMind computer provides new way to investigate how the brain works.

Nature 518 465 doi: 10.1038/518465a

Seven days: 20–26 February 2015

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

The week in science: Head of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change resigns; Europe’s graphene project is on track; new killer virus discovered in United States.

Nature 518 460 doi: 10.1038/518460a

Francis Crick Institute raises alarm about train line

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

London biomedical powerhouse fears that proposed route will disrupt delicate science experiments.

Nature 518 464 doi: 10.1038/518464a

Researchers seek definition of head-trauma disorder

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 5:21pm

Guidelines should assist in diagnosis of brain disease seen in retired American footballers.

Nature 518 466 doi: 10.1038/518466a

Correction

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 4:21pm

Nature 518 467 doi: 10.1038/518467a

A tale of two dwarf planets

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 3:21pm

Graphical guide to the NASA missions that will provide the first close looks at Ceres and Pluto.

Nature 518 468 doi: 10.1038/518468a

Planetary science: The Pluto siblings

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 3:21pm

Leslie and Eliot Young have spent their lives studying Pluto. Now they are gearing up for the biggest event of their careers.

Nature 518 470 doi: 10.1038/518470a

Neuroscience in court: The painful truth

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 1:21pm

Brain-scanning techniques promise to give an objective measure of whether someone is in pain, but researchers question whether they are reliable enough for the courtroom.

Nature 518 474 doi: 10.1038/518474a

Food preservatives linked to obesity and gut disease

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 4:21pm

Mouse study suggests that emulsifiers alter gut bacteria, leading to the inflammatory bowel condition colitis.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16984

Young black hole had monstrous growth spurt

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 3:21pm

Super-massive object found in early Universe tests theories of cosmic evolution.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16989

Focus on political Islamic groups to boost science

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 1:21pm

For science to realize its potential in the Muslim world, attitudes need to change at a societal level, not just an individual one, says Dyna Rochmyaningsih.

Nature 518 457 doi: 10.1038/518457a

Wanted: 80,000 British babies for massive study

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:21pm

UK launches effort to track children from birth, months after US counterpart closes.

Nature 518 463 doi: 10.1038/518463a

Six challenges to stamping out Ebola

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:21pm

Despite a recent sharp drop in the overall number of Ebola cases, the situation remains precarious in West Africa.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16964

India's PhD students on hunger strike over delayed pay rise

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:21pm

Funding agencies stall over fellowship wage hikes announced by government last October.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16969

Climate leadership in question as IPCC chief resigns

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:21pm

Chairman Rajendra Pachauri stands down amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16988

Physicists make 'weather forecasts' for economies

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 3:21pm

The development of some countries is as predictable as steady winds, but for others it is more chaotic, physicists find.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16963

Documents spur investigation of climate sceptic

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 3:21pm

Questions raised about conflict-of-interest disclosures by Willie Soon.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16972

US regulators try to tame 'wild west' of DNA testing

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:21pm

Experts, regulators mull how to foster technologies without posing undue risk to patients.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16962

Study finds relatively low emissions of methane from major US gas fields

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:21pm

After a series of alarming reports, scientists estimate leak rate of about 1% for three major US gas formations.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16961

Seven days: 13–19 February 2015

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:21am

The week in science: Europe’s spaceplane soars; transgenic apples given go-ahead for US market; and geoengineering risks are highlighted.

Nature 518 278 doi: 10.1038/518278a