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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

Young scientists lead the way on fresh ideas

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:21am

Analysis of millions of papers finds that junior biomedical researchers tend to work on more innovative topics than their senior colleagues do.

Nature 518 283 doi: 10.1038/518283a

Steppe migration rekindles debate on language origin

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:21am

Eurasian region gains ground as birthplace of Indo-European tongues.

Nature 518 284 doi: 10.1038/518284a

Sex redefined

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 7:21am

The idea of two sexes is simplistic. Biologists now think there is a wider spectrum than that.

Nature 518 288 doi: 10.1038/518288a

Museums: The endangered dead

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 5:21am

The billions of specimens in natural-history museums are becoming more useful for tracking Earth's shrinking biodiversity. But the collections also face grave threats.

Nature 518 292 doi: 10.1038/518292a

Pluto's long, strange history — in pictures

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

Nature marks the 85th anniversary of the dwarf planet's discovery.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16910

Epigenome: The symphony in your cells

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:21am

A slew of papers reveals the chemical tweaks to DNA in a wealth of different cells — as explained with the help of a small orchestra.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16955

Marijuana flips appetite switch in brain

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:21am

Sudden attacks of 'the munchies' are triggered by a change in the hormone released by neurons.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16957

Star buzzed Solar System during human prehistory

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:21am

Faint star with even fainter companion came close enough to perturb comets in the distant Oort cloud some 70,000 years ago.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16958

Danish court quashes ruling against physiologist

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:21am

Copenhagen scientist wins appeal against government-research fraud investigator.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16960

Europe needs fresh focus on big-science projects

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:21am

Messy governance and a lack of long-term planning threaten the success of the European Spallation Source, says Olof Hallonsten.

Nature 518 275 doi: 10.1038/518275a

Saudi Arabia opens top-notch laser lab

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 1:21pm

Facility will study biomedical uses at attosecond resolution.

Nature 518 281 doi: 10.1038/518281a

Cybercrime fighters target human error

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 8:21pm

Researchers aim to cut passwords and people out of the data-safety equation.

Nature 518 282 doi: 10.1038/518282a

Biodefence researchers seek 'Homo chippiens'

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 1:21pm

Projects aim to mimic human body using networks of simulated organs.

Nature 518 285 doi: 10.1038/518285a

Radical energy ideas secure US private funds

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 11:21pm

Federal start-up funds inspire investment in ARPA-E technologies.

Nature 518 286 doi: 10.1038/518286a

US women progress to PhD at same rate as men

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:21pm

Pipeline for female scientists is no longer leaking between bachelor's and graduate studies.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16939

Exposing Sahara science in the shadow of terrorism

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:21pm

Geologist Stefan Kröpelin's expedition to the Sahara desert will skirt areas of political instability and rumoured ISIS training camps.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16903

Martian mystery cloud defies explanation

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 11:21am

New hypotheses about unusual plumes seen in 2012 raise more questions than they answer.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16924

Jupiter glimpsed as aliens would see it

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 9:21am

Viewing gas giant as if it were an exoplanet cross-checks method for studying worlds outside our Solar System.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16926