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Marijuana flips appetite switch in brain

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:21am

Sudden attacks of 'the munchies' are triggered by a change in the hormone released by neurons.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16957

Star buzzed Solar System during human prehistory

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:21am

Faint star with even fainter companion came close enough to perturb comets in the distant Oort cloud some 70,000 years ago.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16958

Danish court quashes ruling against physiologist

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:21am

Copenhagen scientist wins appeal against government-research fraud investigator.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16960

Europe needs fresh focus on big-science projects

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:21am

Messy governance and a lack of long-term planning threaten the success of the European Spallation Source, says Olof Hallonsten.

Nature 518 275 doi: 10.1038/518275a

Saudi Arabia opens top-notch laser lab

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 1:21pm

Facility will study biomedical uses at attosecond resolution.

Nature 518 281 doi: 10.1038/518281a

Cybercrime fighters target human error

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 8:21pm

Researchers aim to cut passwords and people out of the data-safety equation.

Nature 518 282 doi: 10.1038/518282a

Biodefence researchers seek 'Homo chippiens'

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 1:21pm

Projects aim to mimic human body using networks of simulated organs.

Nature 518 285 doi: 10.1038/518285a

Radical energy ideas secure US private funds

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 11:21pm

Federal start-up funds inspire investment in ARPA-E technologies.

Nature 518 286 doi: 10.1038/518286a

US women progress to PhD at same rate as men

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:21pm

Pipeline for female scientists is no longer leaking between bachelor's and graduate studies.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16939

Exposing Sahara science in the shadow of terrorism

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:21pm

Geologist Stefan Kröpelin's expedition to the Sahara desert will skirt areas of political instability and rumoured ISIS training camps.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16903

Martian mystery cloud defies explanation

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 11:21am

New hypotheses about unusual plumes seen in 2012 raise more questions than they answer.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16924

Jupiter glimpsed as aliens would see it

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 9:21am

Viewing gas giant as if it were an exoplanet cross-checks method for studying worlds outside our Solar System.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16926

Forensics specialist discusses a discipline in crisis

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 9:21am

Lawyers and scientists need to talk, says Niamh Nic Daéid.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16870

Clinical-trial specialist could be next FDA chief

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 8:21am

Cardiologist Robert Califf has championed making clinical research more efficient.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16876

Future US megadroughts set to be the worst in 1,000 years

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 7:21am

Southwest and Great Plains expected to see to significantly drier conditions by end of century.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16916

Questions emerge over top Chinese science prize

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 7:21am

Award-winning computer-science project is under fire, rekindling criticism of China’s research system.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16902

European languages linked to migration from the east

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 5:21am

Large ancient-DNA study uncovers population that moved westwards 4,500 years ago.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16919

And the winner is: not science

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:21am

Portrayals of science in the cinema are growing in sophistication — but not exactly at the speed of light, says Colin Macilwain.

Nature 518 139 doi: 10.1038/518139a

Seven days: 6–12 February 2015

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 5:21pm

The week in science: UK’s science academies call for more science spending; US FDA chief resigns; and Japan probe to try for Venus orbit again.

Nature 518 142 doi: 10.1038/518142a

NIH plan to give ageing scientists cash draws scepticism

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 12:21pm

Agency wants to pay senior biomedical researchers to wind down their labs.

Nature 518 146 doi: 10.1038/518146a