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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.
18 Nov
The International Council for Science needs to define its mission and show its members that it is worth their membership fees.
19 Nov
Italy’s curators must band together to preserve their valuable collections.
19 Nov
In our continued drive for reproducibility, Nature and the Nature research journals are strengthening our editorial links with the journal Scientific Data and enhancing our data-availability practices. We believe that this initiative will improve support for authors looking for appropriate public repositories for
19 Nov
Silence stifles progress, says Mark Yarborough. The scientific enterprise needs a transparent culture that actively finds and fixes problems.
19 Nov
Beams of light twisted into a corkscrew shape have carried data more than 3 kilometres over Vienna's skyline in an effort to increase the information-carrying capacity of electromagnetic waves.Adding orbital angular momentum (OAM) to laser beams — when fluctuations of light waves are staggered
19 Nov
The mysterious giant chromosomes found in some cancers are formed when DNA shatters and recombines.Neochromosomes are made up of pieces of the 46 chromosomes that each human cell normally carries. To study how they form, a team led by Anthony Papenfuss at the Walter
19 Nov
Human brain activity has been harnessed to control gene expression in mice.Martin Fussenegger at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and his colleagues created a small, implantable cartridge containing human cells engineered to produce a protein called SEAP when exposed to light.
19 Nov
Eye-shaped markings at the edges of butterfly wings stop predators from striking vital body parts.Kathleen Prudic, now at Oregon State University in Corvallis, and her team let praying mantids (Tenodera sinensis) feed on Bicyclus anynana butterflies, which have small, drab eyespots
19 Nov
Researchers have constructed micrometre-sized, stacked layers that slide open like a folding fan when illuminated.Yanke Che and his colleagues at the Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences created thin, ribbon-like structures up to one micrometre wide.The ribbons are composed of multiple layers, each
19 Nov
DNA analysis can reveal the origins of products from endangered species, which could help to curb illegal trade.Such goods are often seized far from their origins, making it hard to know where to focus enforcement. Samrat Mondol of the National Centre for Biological Sciences
19 Nov
DNA contamination is ubiquitous in laboratory reagents commonly used to analyse the microbes that inhabit the human body.Susannah Salter at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, UK, Alan Walker at the University of Aberdeen, UK, and their colleagues used off-the-shelf DNA-extraction kits and
19 Nov
A mysterious cloud-like object that survived a close encounter with a black hole might be a merged pair of stars.Andrea Ghez of the University of California in Los Angeles and her team used the Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea in Hawaii to observe the
19 Nov
Streams of concentrated water vapour in the atmosphere could be used to predict flooding in Europe more accurately than rainfall does.A team led by David Lavers of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in Reading, UK, looked at forecasts from last winter, when
19 Nov
An editorial oversight has turned a report on fish pigmentation into one of the year's most talked-about papers. The study of poeciliid fishes, first published online in July by the journal Ethology (Z. W. Culumber et al. Ethology120, 1090–1100; 2014),
19 Nov
The week in science: China and United States announce plans to cut emissions; European Commission scraps chief science adviser post; and pharma firm Actavis announces a US$66-billion takeover.
18 Nov
Comet lander is now hibernating, but has already altered our understanding of these objects.
19 Nov
Crowdsourced disaster surveys strive for more reliability in online collaboration.
14 Nov
Project puts spotlight on protected reserves that boost biodiversity.
18 Nov
Disease sites targeted in assembly of more-complete version of the human genome sequence.
14 Nov
National laboratories collaborate to purchase top-flight machines.
Every year, the US government gives research institutions billions of dollars towards infrastructure and administrative support. A Nature investigation reveals who is benefiting most.
19 Nov
The International Centre for Theoretical Physics was set up to seed science in the developing world; 100,000 researchers later, it is still growing.
19 Nov
Improve air quality and mitigate climate-change simultaneously, urge Julia Schmale and colleagues.
19 Nov
International supercomputing centres dedicated to climate prediction are needed to reduce uncertainties in global warming, says Tim Palmer.
19 Nov
Ted Nield ponders a history of how European science came to grasp Earth's age.
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