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Seven days: 28 February–6 March 2014

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 2:21pm

The week in science: Snow satellite launches; publishers remove computer-generated papers; and Switzerland’s access to EU research funds restricted.

Nature 507 12 doi: 10.1038/507012a

Epigenetics: The sins of the father

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 1:21pm

The roots of inheritance may extend beyond the genome, but the mechanisms remain a puzzle.

Nature 507 22 doi: 10.1038/507022a

Japan caught up in energy dilemma

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 1:21pm

As the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster nears, the nation is faltering in its resolution to shun nuclear power.

Nature 507 16 doi: 10.1038/507016a

The rechargeable revolution: A better battery

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:21pm

Chemists are reinventing rechargeable cells to drive down costs and boost capacity.

Nature 507 26 doi: 10.1038/507026a

Gene-editing method tackles HIV in first clinical test

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 4:21pm

Enzymes alter immune cells with no apparent side effects.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14813

Obama's budget plan defies spending cap

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 4:21pm

With Congress unlikely to approve tax-based boost for science, agency funding hopes are dashed.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14793

Sensor turns faintest radio waves into laser signals

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 1:21pm

Super-sensitive device holds promise for medical imaging and quantum networks.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14823

Butterfly disguise down to single gene

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 1:21pm

Discovery in iconic species studied by Wallace adds to evolutionary debate over mimicry.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14820

Equations are art inside a mathematician’s brain

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 3:21pm

A brain area associated with emotional reactions to beauty activates when mathematicians view especially pleasing formulas.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14825

US seeks waste-research revival

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 2:21pm

Radioactive leak brings nuclear repositories into the spotlight.

Nature 507 15 doi: 10.1038/507015a

Dust regulations trigger backlash

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 6:21am

US agency’s reassessment of silica exposure rules provokes conflict-of-interest row with senators.

Nature 507 18 doi: 10.1038/507018a

Prenatal-screening companies expand scope of DNA tests

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 2:21pm

But the increasingly accurate analyses carry the ethical dilemma of uncertain outcomes.

Nature 507 19 doi: 10.1038/507019a

Brazil clamps down on illegal fossil trade

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 7:21pm

Debate rages as collectors accused of exporting specimens face up to 20 years in jail.

Nature 507 20 doi: 10.1038/507020a

Budget woes hinder clinical-trials network

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 7:21pm

Costly cancer trials a challenge for revamped US programme.

Nature 507 21 doi: 10.1038/507021a

Video: Power and beauty of science visuals on display in London

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 4:21pm

British Library exhibition covers four centuries of artfully presented information.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14799

Long-acting shot prevents infection with HIV analogue

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 3:21pm

Periodic injection keeps monkeys virus-free and could confer as long as three months of protection in humans.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14819

How grapevines got acne bacteria

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 3:21pm

Microbe is the first known animal pathogen to become dependent on a plant host — and could have helped in its domestication.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14812

SOFIA grounded by White House budget

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 2:21pm

Obama budget request slashes funds for NASA's airborne observatory.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14821

Iron Man-like exosuit could expand ocean exploration

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 1:21pm

If a July mission to test the dive suit goes well, it will allow scientists to immerse themselves in deep-sea luminescent life.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14822

Two-hundred-year drought doomed Indus Valley Civilization

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:21pm

Monsoon hiatus that began 4,200 years ago parallels dry spell that led civilizations to collapse in other regions.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14800