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2014 was the hottest year on record

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 7:21am

Global temperatures hit new high with no boost from El Niño.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16674

Promising antibiotic discovered in microbial ‘dark matter’

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 7:21am

Potential drug kills pathogens such as MRSA — and was discovered by mining 'unculturable' bacteria.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16675

Massive star reveals its unstable heart

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 5:21am

Three-dimensional tour probes hidden secrets of η Carinae.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16688

Greek science haunted by hydra of problems

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:21am

Leading researchers hang on despite austerity, but their Herculean efforts may not be enough.

Nature 517 127 doi: 10.1038/517127a

South Korean survey ships open up to science

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 9:21am

Vessels used mainly for seabed surveys will expand in focus.

Nature 517 129 doi: 10.1038/517129a

Military health: The insurmountable gulf

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 9:21am

Twenty-four years after the conflict ended, scientists and veterans are still fighting for recognition of Gulf War illness.

Nature 517 132 doi: 10.1038/517132a

Biochemist questions peer review at UK funding agency

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 1:21pm

Data show scores given to grant applications by external reviewers don't correlate with what actually gets funded.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16479

Exoplanet bounty includes most Earth-like worlds yet

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 11:21am

Latest crop from the Kepler telescope brings small planets around Sun-like stars — and an ice world.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16673

End of cancer-genome project prompts rethink

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 4:21pm

Geneticists debate whether focus should shift from sequencing genomes to analysing function.

Nature 517 128 doi: 10.1038/517128a

Galaxy seen shuddering from ancient collision

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 1:21pm

High-resolution portrait of Andromeda reveals patterns of star formation.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16656

Scientists protest Romanian decree on PhD revocation

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:21am

Change to law allows people to relinquish their degrees without an investigation.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.16666

China sees dip in research-grant misconduct

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 3:21pm

The country’s premier science-funding agency reports fewer offences than in previous years, but some say ethics problem is still 'rampant'.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16645

Questions linger over stress-induced stem cells

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 1:21pm

Investigation confirms STAP cells were contaminated, but mystery still surrounds original results.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16648

New clues to where the Ebola epidemic started

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:21pm

A Guinean child who played with bats residing in a hollow tree later became the first known victim in the West African outbreak.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16651

What to expect in 2015

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 9:21am

Nature looks at what the New Year holds for science.

Nature 517 10 doi: 10.1038/517010a

Science in 2015

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 8:21am

From Gradzilla to coffee consumption: the research enterprise quantified for the year to come.

Nature 517 12 doi: 10.1038/517012a

The arXiv preprint server hits 1 million articles

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 5:21am

Website where scientists flock to upload manuscripts before peer review has doubled its holdings in six years.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16643

Side effects vex anti-malaria push in Sierra Leone

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 6:21pm

Mass drug distribution intended to reduce cases with Ebola-like symptoms.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16644

The rising pressure of global water shortages

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 2:21pm

Water is becoming more scarce as populations increase, potentially leading to conflict. The age of hydro-diplomacy is upon us, says Jan Eliasson.

Nature 517 6 doi: 10.1038/517006a

Planet hunters plot course for habitable worlds

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 10:21am

Researchers aim to set aside differences in search for life on distant spheres.

Nature 517 8 doi: 10.1038/517008a