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Inside the cultural struggle to stamp out Ebola

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 00:00

Inside the cultural struggle to stamp out Ebola

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/516295a

Author: Erika Check Hayden

A front-line report from Sierra Leone examines efforts to change hearts and minds in West Africa’s villages.

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365 days: 2014 in review

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 00:00

365 days: 2014 in review

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/516300a

Authors: Lauren Morello, Alison Abbott, Declan Butler, Ewen Callaway, David Cyranoski, Sara Reardon, Quirin Schiermeier & Alexandra Witze

Comets, stem cells and cosmic dust are among the year's top stories.

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365 days: Nature's 10

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 00:00

365 days: Nature's 10

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/516311a

Ten people who mattered this year.

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Spin cycle

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:00

Spin cycle

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). doi:10.1038/516287b

Pressures in all stages of the news-making process can lead to hype in science reporting.

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Challenge the abuse of science in setting policy

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:00

Challenge the abuse of science in setting policy

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/516289a

Author: Guillaume Chapron

The misuse of wolf research by Swedish politicians should be a warning to all biodiversity scientists, says Guillaume Chapron.

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Animal behaviour: Fish adopt chemical camouflage

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:00

Animal behaviour: Fish adopt chemical camouflage

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). doi:10.1038/516290a

A coral-reef fish can match its scent to the odour of the surrounding reef, masking itself from predators.Harlequin filefish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris; pictured) live around reefs in the Pacific and Indian oceans and feed on particular species of coral. A team led by

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Palaeoclimate: Lake cores support legend of typhoons

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:00

Palaeoclimate: Lake cores support legend of typhoons

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). doi:10.1038/516290b

Geoscientists have found possible evidence of two typhoons that, according to Japanese legend, wiped out invading Mongol fleets in the years 1274 and 1281.Jon Woodruff of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his colleagues collected a 2,000-year-old sediment record from a coastal lake on

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Meteorology: Lopsided hail hits harder

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:00

Meteorology: Lopsided hail hits harder

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). doi:10.1038/516290c

Hail storms can cause billions of dollars' worth of damage, but until now scientists have known little about the precise mass and shape of hail. A study has found that hailstones that are not perfectly spherical can sometimes travel faster and hit objects with greater

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Molecular evolution: How bacteria and host fight for iron

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:00

Molecular evolution: How bacteria and host fight for iron

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). doi:10.1038/516290d

A study of primate and bacterial proteins involved in capturing iron from the blood has revealed an evolutionary arms race in the battle over this important nutrient.Matthew Barber and Nels Elde at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City focused on transferrin, a

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Anthropology: How a Maya city rose and fell

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:00

Anthropology: How a Maya city rose and fell

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). doi:10.1038/516291a

One of the major Maya cities thrived in a tropical forest by using sophisticated agricultural, forestry and water-management techniques.David Lentz at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and his colleagues surveyed modern forests at the site of Tikal in Guatemala, which was a bustling

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Physics: Record-breaking electron boost

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:00

Physics: Record-breaking electron boost

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). doi:10.1038/516291b

Physicists have used lasers to increase the amount of energy that electrons gain per metre by more than two orders of magnitude compared with traditional accelerators.Conventional colliders can accelerate particles to much greater energies, but over many kilometres. Wim Leemans at Lawrence Berkeley National

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Chemistry: Painkillers made in minutes

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:00

Chemistry: Painkillers made in minutes

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). doi:10.1038/516291c

Ibuprofen can be produced in minutes by mixing reagents as they flow through a series of connecting tubes.Synthesizing a substance in a continuous-flow process offers more control over reactions and allows less solvent to be used than batch production in flasks. But solid by-products

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Agricultural ecology: Pesticide moves up food chain

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:00

Agricultural ecology: Pesticide moves up food chain

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). doi:10.1038/516291d

An insecticide banned in some areas for its effect on bees not only fails to kill certain pests, but also harms the predators that feed on them.Neonicotinoid insecticides are used on many crops, including soya-bean plants, on which pest slugs (Deroceras reticulatum)

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Astronomy: Exoplanet seen from Earth

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:00

Astronomy: Exoplanet seen from Earth

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). doi:10.1038/516291e

Using a modest-sized ground-based telescope, astronomers have spotted a planet twice the size of Earth passing in front of its host star.Researchers typically study planets outside the Solar System using space telescopes or much larger telescopes on Earth, but studies with space telescopes are

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Seven days: 12–18 December 2014

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:00

Seven days: 12–18 December 2014

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/516292a

The week in science: Activists harm Nazca lines; Large Hadron Collider heads towards reboot; and Russia promises nuclear reactors for India.

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365 days: Images of the year

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:00

365 days: Images of the year

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/516304a

Author: Daniel Cressey

Eruptions, comets and a see-through mouse all captured the imagination in 2014.

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Infectious disease: Mobilizing Ebola survivors to curb the epidemic

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:00

Infectious disease: Mobilizing Ebola survivors to curb the epidemic

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). doi:10.1038/516323a

Authors: Joshua M. Epstein, Lauren M. Sauer, Julia Chelen, Erez Hatna, Jon Parker, Richard E. Rothman & Lewis Rubinson

Scaling up the recruitment of individuals who have recovered from infection deserves urgent consideration, argue Joshua M. Epstein, Lauren M. Sauer and colleagues.

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In retrospect: Between Pacific Tides

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:00

In retrospect: Between Pacific Tides

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). doi:10.1038/516326a

Author: Aaron Hirsh

Aaron Hirsh celebrates the 75th anniversary of the marine-biology classic by Ed Ricketts, the bohemian scientist who inspired John Steinbeck.

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Astrobiology: Prescient words on comets and life

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:00

Astrobiology: Prescient words on comets and life

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). doi:10.1038/516329a

Author: Milton Wainwright

The landing of the Philae probe on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko last month has led to speculation that comets might have delivered the building-block elements of life to Earth — an idea anticipated by the French astronomer Camille Flammarion more than a century ago in his 1880

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Conservation: Pool resources for protected areas

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:00

Conservation: Pool resources for protected areas

Nature 516, 7531 (2014). doi:10.1038/516329b

Authors: Jon Hoekstra, Meg Symington & Chris Weaver

Protected conservation areas face huge challenges globally (see J. E. M.Watsonet al. Nature515, 67–73;10.1038/515067a2014). But examples that are effectively funded and managed can be found in Namibia and in the Brazilian Amazon. In our

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