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The week in science: 3–9 July 2015

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 11:21am

Solar plane breaks record; California clamps down on vaccine exemptions; and the outlook on world farming and food supply.

Nature 523 132 doi: 10.1038/523132a

European labs set sights on continent-wide computing cloud

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 8:21am

Giant public–private computing network would fulfil the European Commission’s vision of an open-research platform.

Nature 523 136 doi: 10.1038/523136a

The 24/7 search for killer quakes

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 5:21am

Meet the seismologists who work around the clock to pinpoint major earthquakes anywhere on Earth.

Nature 523 142 doi: 10.1038/523142a

Smithsonian sets up frozen-plant repository

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 2:21pm

Collection is intended to catalogue biodiversity and facilitate genomic research.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17931

What to expect from the Pluto fly-by

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 11:21am

Nature Video ’s guide to the highlights as the New Horizons spacecraft speeds past the icy dwarf planet.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17948

Night-time storm chasers stalk their prey on US Plains

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 9:21am

Violent nocturnal thunderstorms are hard to explain and even harder to forecast.

Nature 523 135 doi: 10.1038/523135a

Pluto fly-by: a graphical guide to the historic mission

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 3:21pm

New Horizons mission is set to speed past an ice world at the fringes of the Solar System.

Nature 523 140 doi: 10.1038/523140a

How to beat HIV

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 12:21pm

Scientists have the tools to end the epidemic. They just need better ways to use them.

Nature 523 146 doi: 10.1038/523146a

Genome researchers raise alarm over big data

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 12:21pm

Storing and processing genome data will exceed the computing challenges of running YouTube and Twitter, biologists warn.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17912

Climate scientists discuss future of their field

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 3:21am

Paris science meeting prepares the ground for UN climate talks in December.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17917

Musk: 'No clear theory' to explain SpaceX rocket crash

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:21pm

Company founder says that instrument error could explain conflicting data from 28 June incident.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17930

Plant denizens get the big-science treatment

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 2:21pm

Researchers seek holistic view of botanic ecosystems.

Nature 523 137 doi: 10.1038/523137a

Geneticists reveal what makes great rice

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 7:21am

Gene responsible for long grains and pleasing texture can now be bred into existing varieties without sacrificing yield.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17918

Astronomers propose giant space telescope to replace Hubble

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 7:21am

Segmented mirror four or five times wider than Hubble's would peer directly at exoplanets.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17913

Pluto spacecraft temporarily loses contact with Earth

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 12:21pm

NASA works to recover probe less than ten days before it reaches the dwarf planet.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17919

How BP’s $18.7-billion oil-spill settlement could help the Gulf of Mexico

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 12:21pm

Marine scientist Don Boesch on the fight to restore ecosystems damaged by the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17911

Airborne spiders can sail on seas

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 12:21pm

Water is no barrier to flying arachnids’ dispersal.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17906

China pledges to curb emissions 

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:21am

Analysts are hopeful that the country's commitment to decarbonize its economy will allow emissions to peak before 2030.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17897

Ultrasound fingerprint scanners amplify security

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 7:21am

Acoustic waves offer 3D print mapping for phones and computers.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17904