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Cancer biomarkers: Written in blood

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 4:21pm

DNA circulating in the bloodstream could guide cancer treatment — if researchers can work out how best to use it.

Nature 511 524 doi: 10.1038/511524a

Largest ever Ebola outbreak is not a global threat

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:21pm

Although the virus is exerting a heavy toll in West Africa, it does not spread easily.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15640

Asteroids wreaked havoc on early Earth

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:21pm

Model based on Moon's craters could help to establish when life emerged.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15644

'Octomom' sets gestation record

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 8:21am

Deep-sea octopus broods eggs for more than four years.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15646

Biosafety controls come under fire

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 8:21am

Experts call for a stronger safety culture at secure sites after incidents involving anthrax and flu in a US laboratory.

Nature 511 515 doi: 10.1038/511515a

Project drills deep into coming quake

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 4:21pm

Sensors in borehole at New Zealand seismic fault will peek under the surface of impending rupture.

Nature 511 516 doi: 10.1038/511516a

Contamination hits cell work

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 11:21am

Mycoplasma infestations are widespread and costing laboratories millions of dollars in lost research.

Nature 511 518 doi: 10.1038/511518a

FDA debates trial-data secrecy

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 2:21pm

US drug regulator weighs up merits of disclosing preliminary results.

Nature 511 519 doi: 10.1038/511519a

Ebola treatments caught in limbo

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:21pm

Logistics and lack of funds keep experimental drugs and vaccines from being used in Africa outbreak.

Nature 511 520 doi: 10.1038/511520a

Transparency promised for vilified impact factor

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:21pm

Thomson Reuters vows to be clearer about how science's most misused metric is calculated.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15642

Dinosaur-killing asteroid hit at just the wrong time

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 9:21am

Animals might have survived if impact happened a few million years earlier or later.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15616

Flaws emerge in RNA method to build tree of life

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:21pm

Study finds problems with alluringly simple way to tease out evolutionary relationships through microRNA.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15625

Satellites reveal extent of groundwater loss in western United States

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 2:21pm

Drought-stricken Colorado River basin is drawing down underground supplies.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15623

'Hot Jupiter' measurements throw water on theory

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 1:21pm

Dry atmospheres of three exoplanets challenge ideas of how planets form.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15618

Chile needs better science governance and support

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 1:21pm

Its scientists have much to offer the world, but are being held back by scattered administration and changing policies, argues Pablo Astudillo Besnier.

Nature 511 385 doi: 10.1038/511385a

Seven days: 18–24 July 2014

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:21pm

The week in science: Spacecraft chases duck-shaped comet; Darwin’s library online; and a new journal for workplace fatigue.

Nature 511 388 doi: 10.1038/511388a

Mars slow to yield its secrets

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:21am

Scientists seek fresh approaches to deciphering red planet’s history.

Nature 511 396 doi: 10.1038/511396a

Plasma physics: The fusion upstarts

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:21am

Fuelled by venture capital and a lot of hope, alternative fusion technologies are heating up.

Nature 511 398 doi: 10.1038/511398a

Science and politics: Hello, Governor

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 5:21pm

When California's governor enlisted the aid of two palaeoecologists, their careers took an unusual turn.

Nature 511 402 doi: 10.1038/511402a

Researchers call for easy access to contraception

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:21pm

Innovative and existing methods are needed to tackle overpopulation.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15610