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Researchers chafe at halt of psychiatric trials

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:21pm

After external reports blast ethics practices, University of Minnesota stops drug-study enrolment.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17203

Poverty shrinks brains from birth       

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:21am

Studies show that children from low-income families have smaller brains and lower cognitive abilities.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17227

Budget restrictions bite for Europe's space mission hopefuls

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:21am

Plans to capture an asteroid and travel to other planets are culled from European Space Agency shortlist.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17226

Global-warming limit of 2 °C hangs in the balance

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 7:21am

Panel creates scientific baseline for debate about climate reparations.

Nature 520 14 doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17202

Concern raised over payment for fast-track peer review

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:21pm

Scientist resigns from NPG’s Scientific Reports journal over pilot project.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17204

Experts struggle to confirm archaeological damage in Iraq

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:21pm

Satellites offer clues to true scope of destruction by terrorist group ISIS.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17155

Gene counsellors expect resurgence of 'Jolie effect'

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:21pm

But misinterpreted results of tests for cancer risk can result in unnecessary surgery.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17184

Astronaut twins study raises questions about genetic privacy

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:21am

NASA research on Mark and Scott Kelly may never get published.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17199

Ebola’s fast evolution questioned

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 7:21am

Genome-sequencing study finds the virus evolving more slowly than thought, but others say the focus should be on monitoring the effects of new mutations.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17200

Bumblebee study called into question

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 3:21am

Data reanalysis casts doubt on UK government stance on neonicotinoid pesticides.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17201

Seven days: 20–26 March 2015

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:21am

The week in science: Pitcairn islands to gain massive marine reserve; US sets rules on fracking; and the head of Japan’s RIKEN Institute quits.

Nature 519 394 doi: 10.1038/519394a

An inside look at the first pig biobank

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 9:21am

Nature watches a porcine autopsy that will help create a powerful animal model of diabetes.

Nature 519 397 doi: 10.1038/519397a

Graphene sandwich makes new form of ice

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 6:21am

Unusual square structure suggests how flattened water can zip through tight channels.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17175

Biotech boot camp

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 6:21am

US funding agencies are turning to a Silicon Valley entrepreneur to focus fledgling biomedical companies on success — even when that means making a scientific course correction.

Nature 519 402 doi: 10.1038/519402a

'Beautiful mind' John Nash adds Abel Prize to his Nobel

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 6:21am

Mathematician made famous by Hollywood will share US$765,000 award with Louis Nirenberg for work in the field of geometric analysis.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17179

CERN battles short circuit behind LHC delay

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:21am

Team will attempt to remove small metal debris left over from upgrade work, without opening massive magnet.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17186

Intelligent robots must uphold human rights

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 3:21pm

The common fear is that intelligent machines will turn against humans. But who will save the robots from each other, and from us, asks Hutan Ashrafian.

Nature 519 391 doi: 10.1038/519391a

Climate modellers take tropical approach

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 1:21pm

Ten-year US-led project seeks to plug gaps in global-warming simulations.

Nature 519 398 doi: 10.1038/519398a

US health agency blasted over lab safety violations

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 3:21pm

An independent committee concludes that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is “on the way to losing credibility” as a result of safety lapses.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17176

Hints of huge buried impact craters reported in Australia

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:21pm

Controversial idea suggests traces of a meteorite blast may exist kilometres below the surface.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17177