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Science in court: Smart enough to die?

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 1:21pm

The US Supreme Court years ago ruled against applying the death penalty to people unable to understand the legal process. Now it must grapple with the science of how intellectual disability is measured.

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Vaccines endure African temperatures without damage

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 1:21pm

Anti-meningitis campaign in Benin delivers more than 150,000 doses with no losses from excess heat.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14744

Fight against smog ramps up

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 1:21pm

Chinese government to provide incentives for heavy polluters to go green, but analysts question whether its wider air-quality strategy goes far enough.

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Missing galaxy mass found

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 12:21pm

Gravitational lensing solves puzzle from the Big Bang’s echo.

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China plunges into ocean research

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 5:21pm

Ambitious initiative targets Pacific currents, regional climate and deep-sea ecology.

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Lone hunger striker spurs Nepal to action

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 3:21pm

Country’s system of political patronage in science exposed.

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EU–Swiss research on shaky ground

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 3:21pm

Vote for immigration quotas leads to suspension of talks over Horizon 2020 programme.

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Wing and fin motions share universal principles

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 2:21pm

Tricks common to animals from insects to whales could inspire designs for air and water vehicles.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14728

Acid-bath stem-cell study under investigation

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 3:21pm

Japanese research institute launches inquiry after allegations of irregularities in blockbuster papers.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14738

Study revives bird origin for 1918 flu pandemic

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 10:21am

Model also links avian influenza strains to deadly horse flu.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14723

Radioactive tracers map spread of HIV analogue

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 1:21pm

Monkey study uses labelled antibodies and routine imaging to track infection and lingering reservoirs of virus.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14704

Data from pocket-sized genome sequencer unveiled

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:21pm

Results from Oxford Nanopore's MinION are promising, but fall short of high expectations.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14724

Nations pledge to make poaching a 'serious crime'

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:21pm

London Declaration attempts to stem slaughter of wildlife.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14722

Termite-inspired robots build castles

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:21am

Robot swarms work without supervision or a centralized plan.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14713

Modern genes yield atlas of ancient inter-ethnic sex

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:21am

Encounters among populations left marks in the DNA of living people.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.14718

Science at the sharp end of oppressive politics

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 9:21am

Andreas Kreiter describes his frightening and surreal ordeal at the hands of animal-rights extremists and their political allies.

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Seven days: 7–13 February 2014

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 1:21pm

The week in science: Italian space head resigns; NIH teams up with big pharma; and US court rules some stem-cell treatments should be regulated as drugs.

Nature 506 136 doi: 10.1038/506136a

UK rolls out terror-attack plan

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 12:21pm

Front-line services being trained in new approach to dealing with decontamination of victims in direct aftermath of an event.

Nature 506 139 doi: 10.1038/506139a

Ancient genome stirs ethics debate

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 12:21pm

Sequencing of DNA from Native American ‘Clovis boy’ forces researchers to rethink handling of tribal remains.

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Scientific method: Statistical errors

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 11:21am

P values, the 'gold standard' of statistical validity, are not as reliable as many scientists assume.

Nature 506 150 doi: 10.1038/506150a