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Hobbit mystery endures a decade on

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:21am

Four scientists recall the discovery of Homo floresiensis and discuss the still-open question of its place in human evolution.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16204

Stormy outlook for long-term ecology studies

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:21am

The closure of a 40-year project to understand and protect seabirds shows the false priorities of funders, warns Tim Birkhead.

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US midterm elections offer little hope for science

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:21am

November vote is unlikely to break a political stalemate that has squeezed research funding.

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Sun’s stroke keeps Kepler online

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:21am

Space telescope beats mechanical failures to begin a second mission that will trace new celestial targets.

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Human-subjects research: The ethics squad

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:21pm

Bioethicists are setting up consultancies for research — but some scientists question whether they are needed.

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The invisible extinction

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:21pm

A palaeontologist wonders whether the future fossil record will preserve evidence of animals that vanish today.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16183

Comet buzzes Mars

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:21pm

Mars orbiters emerge unscathed from planet's close encounter with comet Siding Spring.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16178

Italian seismologists fight to overturn convictions

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:21am

Six scientists and one official contend that they never reassured the public before deadly 2009 L'Aquila quake.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16179

Fossils rewrite history of penetrative sex

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 9:21pm

Evidence of bony organs in ancient, armour-plated fish suggests that they copulated even though many of their descendants stopped doing so.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16173

Lockheed Martin's fusion goals meet scepticism

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 9:21pm

Company claims it will have a working reactor in a decade.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16169

Can quarantines and travel bans thwart Ebola?

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 9:21pm

The rules in place to prevent pandemics vary from one US state to the next, and even more so between different countries.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16172

Physicists see potential dark matter from the Sun

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 7:21pm

X-ray data hinting at axion particles draw interest and cautionary warnings.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16174

Atlantic observatory faces rocky future

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:21pm

Mountaintop facility in Azores can track pollution from North America.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16132

Scientists caught in Chinese anti-corruption sweep

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:21pm

Researchers allegedly embezzled funding for science 'megaprojects'.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16152

US Dust Bowl unrivalled in past 1,000 years

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:21am

Atmospheric conditions and human actions combined to drive the 1930s mega-drought.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16157

Poisoned vulture could herald European bird crisis

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 2:21am

Death linked to drugs whose use in cattle devastated vulture populations in India.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16161

How terror-proof is your economy?

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 2:21am

Scientists can help to develop a financial safety net by providing transparent market data and loss-impact analysis, says Erwann Michel-Kerjan.

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Seven days: 10–16 October 2014

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:21am

The week in science: Disaster strikes Taiwanese research vessel, UK launches its first space-weather forecasting centre, and ancient Greek shipwreck yields fresh booty.

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African penguins put researchers in a flap

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:21pm

Controlled fishing experiment raises controversy over cause of birds’ decline on Robben Island.

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Ebola by the numbers: The size, spread and cost of an outbreak

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:21pm

As the virus continues to rampage in West Africa, Nature ’s graphic offers a guide to the figures that matter.

Nature 514 284 doi: 10.1038/514284a