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Crowdfunded Moon mission is serious about science

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 8:21am

Celebrity-backed lander aims to drill the lunar south pole within a decade.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16378

US government cracks down on clinical-trials reporting

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:21pm

Proposed regulations would close loopholes that allow researchers to hide negative data.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16390

‘Platinum’ genome takes on disease

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 6:21am

Disease sites targeted in assembly of more-complete version of the human genome sequence.

Nature 515 323 doi: 10.1038/515323a

Philae’s 64 hours of comet science yield rich data

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 6:21am

Comet lander is now hibernating, but has already altered our understanding of these objects.

Nature 515 319 doi: 10.1038/515319a

Transparent brains reveal effects of cocaine and fear

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:21pm

Circuits that respond to addiction and terror are modelled in three dimensions.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16365

US Congress’s 'rocket scientist' to lead world’s largest science organization

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:21pm

Representative Rush Holt on science in Congress: “There are some real frustrations.”

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16381

Europe's bird-flu outbreaks pose little risk to humans

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:21pm

Impact of the viruses will be felt mostly by farmers.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16367

First clues found in mysterious sea star die-off

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:21pm

DNA analyses link outbreak along North America's Pacific Coast to a densovirus.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16359

Drug trial supports importance of low cholesterol to treat heart disease

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:21pm

Results bolster the practice of using medicines to drive down cholesterol levels.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16360

Philae: life and times of a comet lander

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 2:21pm

Rosetta mission images reveal spacecraft activity before hibernation.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16363

Cellular 'computers' gain a hard drive

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:21pm

DNA-based memory can record multiple inputs from engineered gene circuits.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16343

Joint effort nabs next wave of US supercomputers

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:21pm

National laboratories collaborate to purchase top-flight machines.

Nature 515 324 doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16347

Green List promotes best conservation areas

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 9:21am

Project puts spotlight on protected reserves that boost biodiversity.

Nature 515 322 doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16350

Peer-review website vows to fight scientist's subpoena

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 7:21am

Cancer researcher Fazlul Sarkar claims that anonymous comments on PubPeer cost him a job.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16356

Strange comet behaviour puzzles researchers

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 7:21am

Dust from Comet Siding Spring pelted Mars, but another distant visitor seems to have no dust tail at all.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16332

Personalized cocktails vanquish resistant cancers

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:21am

Tailored approach uses cultured tumour samples to find effective drug combinations.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16334

Ebola trials to start in December

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:21pm

Experimental treatments to be tested in Guinea at Médecins Sans Frontières sites.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16342

Shade spells trouble for Philae comet lander

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:21pm

Probe's solar panels will get just three hours of light per Earth day, hindering its science goals.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16346

European Commission scraps chief scientific adviser post

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 1:21pm

It is not yet clear what mechanism the commission will use as a replacement.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16348

Help luck along to find psychiatric medicines

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:21am

To increase the chances of stumbling on existing drugs that can double as brain treatments, a systematic search is needed, says David Nutt.

Nature 515 165 doi: 10.1038/515165a