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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

Giant virus resurrected from 30,000-year-old ice

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:21am

Largest virus yet discovered hints at viral diversity trapped in permafrost.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14801

Marine reserves planned around commercial interests

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

Australia's seas tend to be set aside only where mining and fishing are not affected, study warns.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14780

Laser beam makes flies flirt

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 11:21pm

Mind-altering device activates heat-sensitive neural pathways involved in courtship.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14794

National policies advance as climate summit approaches

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 4:21pm

Analysis suggests country-level commitments are a bridge to an international treaty. 

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14786

RNA activity mapped across cells

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 3:21pm

Technique adds spatial dimension to studies of gene expression.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14787

Male scent stimulates female goats’ fertility

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 3:21pm

Single pheromone found to induce ovulation.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14788

Scientist-versus-activist debates mislead the public

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 2:21pm

The UK floods show the need to address the risks of climate change, but news teams still insist on pitching experts against sceptics, says Simon L. Lewis.

Nature 506 409 doi: 10.1038/506409a

Seven days: 21–27 February 2014

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 1:21pm

The week in science: US bolsters patent system; $25-billion pharma deal the biggest in 5 years; and Europe picks exoplanet-hunting mission for 2024 launch.

Nature 506 412 doi: 10.1038/506412a

Vietnam on high alert over flu risk

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 1:21pm

H7N9 avian influenza may spread from China for first time.

Nature 506 415 doi: 10.1038/506415a

Crowd-sourcing: Strength in numbers

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 1:21pm

Researchers are finding that online, crowd-sourced collaboration can speed up their work — if they choose the right problem.

Nature 506 422 doi: 10.1038/506422a

Autonomous drones flock like birds

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 8:21am

Copters can arrange in formation and coordinate flight patterns without central control.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14776

Radiation levels fall after nuclear waste leak in New Mexico

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 8:21am

US Department of Energy prepares to re-enter the WIPP repository to determine cause.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14778

Science in court: Disease detectives

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 8:21am

A powerful method for deducing microbial relationships has been edging its way into civil and criminal investigations. But courts should proceed with caution.

Nature 506 424 doi: 10.1038/506424a

NASA unveils exoplanet haul

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 5:21pm

Findings from the now-disabled Kepler probe have been validated, quadrupling its booty of extrasolar worlds.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14779

Monkey brains wired to share

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 2:21pm

Game-theory test exposes circuits for social interaction.

Nature 506 416 doi: 10.1038/506416a

São Paulo poised to join megatelescope

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 3:21pm

Brazilian state mulls support for Giant Magellan Telescope.

Nature 506 417 doi: 10.1038/506417a

Snow-measuring satellite readied for launch

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 4:21pm

Joint US – Japan mission will improve severe weather forecasts and climate change models.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14754

Fish-kill method questioned

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 4:21pm

Common anaesthetic not the most humane option for zebrafish euthanasia, say studies.

Nature 506 419 doi: 10.1038/506419a