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NASA aims to go to Europa on the cheap

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 2:21pm

The agency wants to send a robotic mission to Jupiter's moon for less than $1 billion.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14875

Practical science has a global reach and appeal

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 1:21pm

As English schools consider downgrading practical science, John Baruch points out that other nations are rushing to include more.

Nature 507 141 doi: 10.1038/507141a

Seven days: 7–13 March 2014

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 1:21pm

The week in science: Infant HIV cure; Craig Venter launches genomics company; and asteroid caught falling apart.

Nature 507 144 doi: 10.1038/507144a

Global seismic network takes to the seas

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 1:21pm

Two systems could plug the ocean-sized gap in earthquake detection.

Nature 507 151 doi: 10.1038/507151a

Diminutive dinosaur stalked the Arctic

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:21pm

Fossils of a pint-sized tyrannosaur from Alaska suggests seasonal variation may have influenced its body size.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14859

Tiny diamond impurity reveals water riches of deep Earth

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 9:21pm

Mineral never before found on Earth points to a vast reservoir in the mantle.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14862

New contender for 'fat gene' found

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 4:21pm

Researchers may have been focusing on the wrong gene.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14863

Obama’s budget request falls flat

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:21pm

Hopes dim for a science-funding increase in 2015.

Nature 507 147 doi: 10.1038/507147a

China goes back to basics on research funding

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 3:21pm

Core science gets budget boost in a bid to change research culture and increase innovation.

Nature 507 148 doi: 10.1038/507148a

Cellulosic ethanol fights for life

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 3:21pm

Pioneering biofuel producers hope that US government largesse will ease their way into a tough market.

Nature 507 152 doi: 10.1038/507152a

Storm brewing over WHO sugar proposal

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 3:21pm

Industry backlash expected over suggested cut in intake.

Nature 507 150 doi: 10.1038/507150a

Energy: Islands of light

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 2:21pm

More than a billion people lack electricity, but now microgrids are powering up rural areas.

Nature 507 154 doi: 10.1038/507154a

Genome sequencing stumbles towards the clinic

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:21am

Technology can uncover disease risks but faces technical and scientific hurdles.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14842

In business as in science, prejudice holds women back

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:21am

Investors favour pitches from men, and recruiters assume that male applicants are better at maths.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14845

Elephants recognize the voices of their enemies

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 8:21am

African elephants can distinguish human languages, genders and ages associated with danger.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14846

Biomarkers could predict Alzheimer's before it starts

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 6:21pm

Study identifies potential blood test for cognitive decline.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14834

Rethinking predators: Legend of the wolf

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 4:21pm

Predators are supposed to exert strong control over ecosystems, but nature doesn’t always play by the rules.

Nature 507 158 doi: 10.1038/507158a

Did dark matter kill the dinosaurs?

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 3:21pm

The Solar System's periodic passage through a 'dark disk' on the galactic plane could trigger comet bombardments that would cause mass extinctions.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14839

Head of China's space science reaches out

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 1:21pm

First collaboration between Chinese Academy of Sciences and ESA builds momentum for joint missions, says director of National Space Science Centre.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14797

Global genomic data-sharing effort kicks off

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 1:21pm

A coalition of researchers, funders and businesses aims to facilitate the exchange of genomic data. Broad Institute researcher David Altshuler gives Nature the run-down.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14826