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Nature is the international weekly journal of science: a magazine style journal that publishes full-length research papers in all disciplines of science, as well as News and Views, reviews, news, features, commentaries, web focuses and more, covering all branches of science and how science impacts upon all aspects of society and life.
16 Apr
European law has allowed citizens to force a debate on human embryonic stem cells less than a year after the previous one. This fruitless democratic exercise has left scientists spinning in uncertainty.
16 Apr
Efforts to understand cancer genomes should take on a fresh focus.
16 Apr
Downgrading practical science will impede UK students in the global workplace
16 Apr
The term 'sound science' has become Orwellian double-speak for various forms of pro-business spin, says Colin Macilwain.
16 Apr
Dead trees at the bottom of the ocean host a diverse range of bacteria, fungi and molluscs (pictured; a cent is included for scale).Craig McClain of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, North Carolina, and James Barry of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research
16 Apr
A device that controls light so that it travels in just one direction could be used in high-speed computers that carry signals using light, rather than electric charges.A team led by Lan Yang and Şahin Kaya Özdemir at Washington University in St. Louis created
16 Apr
Five genetically distinct lion populations roam in Africa and Asia — a finding that hints at greater diversity in these animals than previously thought.A team led by Ross Barnett, now at the University of Copenhagen, analysed mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from the remains of 14
16 Apr
An analysis of evolutionary relationships between all of the world's known birds prioritizes some of them for conservation on the basis of their genetic uniqueness.Walter Jetz of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, Arne Mooers of Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada, and their
16 Apr
An array of deep holes in the ground seems to lessen shaking in certain locations during a simulated earthquake.Stéphane Brûlé of soil-engineering company Ménard in Nozay, France, and his colleagues drilled a grid of boreholes 5 metres deep into the soil near Grenoble. A
16 Apr
A chemical that combats pathogenic prion proteins in infected mouse cells worsens the problem in cells from other species. The finding could explain why the drug, quinacrine, has been ineffective in many clinical trials.Prion infections turn healthy proteins into abnormally folded forms, which cause
16 Apr
Inkjet printers can produce thin films of carbon nanotubes for use as electrodes in stretchy electronic circuits.Yongtaek Hong and his colleagues at Seoul National University printed layers of single-walled carbon nanotubes onto a stretchable silicon-based material. The authors found that the electrical properties of
16 Apr
Brain circuits change throughout life, and researchers in California have discovered a mechanism for one such change: the thickening of the myelin sheath that surrounds nerve fibres and helps neurons to fire.Michelle Monje and her co-workers at Stanford University School of Medicine studied mice
16 Apr
To dodge predators, flies in flight execute banked turns in just a few wingbeats — much faster than the steering motions that have been previously observed in flies.Michael Dickinson and his colleagues at the University of Washington in Seattle used three high-speed cameras operating
16 Apr
What types of research papers move a scientist to turn from test tube or data-crunch to spread the word on social media? Here are some papers that saw Twitter activity from researchers in early April.Lionfish took a bite of Twitter attention at the start
16 Apr
The week in science: Japan reapproves use of nuclear power, second sighting of an exotic tetraquark, and biotech stocks plunge.
15 Apr
Treatment guidelines for virus highlight challenge of paying for expensive drugs in low-income countries.
14 Apr
Stress alters the expression of small RNAs in male mice and leads to depressive behaviours in later generations.
15 Apr
Cherenkov Telescope Array will track high-energy photons to probe black holes, dark matter and relativity.
15 Apr
Critics attack panel’s lack of specific guidance on how countries should lower emissions.
15 Apr
Japanese author of controversial papers denies wrongdoing and stands by results as testing of her protocol begins.
16 Apr
Proliferation of ‘CubeSats’ offers fresh and fast way to gather space data.
15 Apr
After years in the doldrums, the quest to harvest energy from the oceans is gathering speed.
16 Apr
When toxicologists warned that the plastics ingredient BPA might be harmful, consumers clamoured for something new. But problems persist.
16 Apr
Investment and policies must support cheap, clean energy technologies to cut both poverty and climate change, say Reid Detchon and Richenda Van Leeuwen.
16 Apr
Liz Allen, Amy Brand, Jo Scott, Micah Altman and Marjorie Hlava are trialling digital taxonomies to help researchers to identify their contributions to collaborative projects.
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