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Only ten midges needed to make a swarm

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 5:21pm

High-speed cameras reveal when insects become self-organizing.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15716

Mummifying-balm recipe is older than the pharaohs

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 3:21pm

Egyptians used the same general formula to soak burial linens as early as 4200 bc.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15717

Seven days: 8–14 August 2014

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 1:21pm

The week in science: Ebola declared an international public-health emergency; power-cut at UK’s Antarctic research station; and Rosetta space probe catches up with a comet.

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Native ecosystems blitzed by drought

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:21pm

California’s current water crisis offers a preview of what climate change will bring.

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Teen drug use gets supersize study

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:21pm

US government programme will examine 10,000 adolescents to document effects on developing brains.

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US assesses virus of the Caribbean

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:21am

Researchers warn that a change of mosquito host could accelerate spread of chikungunya across the Americas.

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Iranian is first woman to nab highest prize in maths

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 3:21pm

Maryam Mirzakhani is among four young researchers to win Fields Medals, awarded every four years.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15686

James Cameron explains science of Deepsea Challenge 3D

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:21pm

Film strives to balance demands of extreme ocean research with entertainment.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15702

Should experimental drugs be used in the Ebola outbreak?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:21pm

Nature examines the risks and benefits of unproven Ebola treatments, as World Health Organization says it is ethical to use them in West African crisis.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15698

Student may be jailed for posting scientist’s thesis on web

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 6:21am

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Spread of genes implicated in post-traumatic stress disorder

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 2:21pm

Identification of possible genetic markers supports trauma treatment with steroid hormone.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15699

Laser identifies explosives from afar

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:21pm

Scattered light reveals composition of dangerous powders from up to a kilometre away.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15701

Oil pipeline impact may be underestimated

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:21am

Keystone XL's greenhouse-gas emissions could be four times larger than US government predicts.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15692

Ebola declared a public-health emergency

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:21am

World Health Organization announcement could shift focus to basic public health.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15689

Fish flourish on anxiety drug

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 7:21am

Pharmaceutical pollutants in water seem to benefit at least one species — effects that could be missed by standard risk assessments.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15694

Ban all ivory sales for 10 years, says conservationist

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 5:21am

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Tiny water worlds float in oil reservoirs

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:21pm

Thriving microbial communities found in tar lake suggest new approach to break down oil spills.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15684

Origami robot folds itself in 4 minutes

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:21pm

Robot begins as a flat sheet and uses heat to get into shape.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15687

Physics student arrested after axe attack

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 1:21pm

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