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Academia and industry: Companies on campus

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 05:00

Academia and industry: Companies on campus

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). doi:10.1038/514297a

Authors: Jana J. Watson-Capps & Thomas R. Cech

Housing industry labs in academic settings benefits all parties, say Jana J. Watson-Capps and Thomas R. Cech.

Categories: Literature

Universities challenged

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

Universities challenged

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). doi:10.1038/514273a

The accelerating pace of change in today’s world means that universities must modify how they fulfil their function of seeking and sharing knowledge.

Categories: Literature

Review rewards

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

Review rewards

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). doi:10.1038/514274a

Welcome efforts are being made to recognize academics who give up their time to peer review.

Categories: Literature

How terror-proof is your economy?

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

How terror-proof is your economy?

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/514275a

Author: Erwann Michel-Kerjan

Scientists can help to develop a financial safety net by providing transparent market data and loss-impact analysis, says Erwann Michel-Kerjan.

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Meteorology: Weather explains Asian glacier survival

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

Meteorology: Weather explains Asian glacier survival

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). doi:10.1038/514276a

Some glaciers in central Asia could be weathering climate change better than those in neighbouring mountain ranges because of different seasonal weather patterns.Geoscientists have puzzled over why the glaciers of the Karakoram region (pictured) have not receded as much as others nearby. A team

Categories: Literature

Energy: Benefits outweigh clean-energy costs

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

Energy: Benefits outweigh clean-energy costs

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). doi:10.1038/514276b

Large-scale investments in wind, solar and hydropower could double the electricity generated globally from these sources by 2050 — with only modest environmental costs.Thomas Gibon of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and his colleagues compared the environmental impacts of low-carbon

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Zoology: Birds colour-match their nests

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

Zoology: Birds colour-match their nests

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). doi:10.1038/514276c

Zebra finches seem to actively camouflage their nests when building them.Many birds' nests appear camouflaged, but this could be a serendipitous result of their use of local materials. Ida Bailey at the University of St Andrews, UK, and her team let 20 male zebra

Categories: Literature

Materials: Plants inspire medical coating

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

Materials: Plants inspire medical coating

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). doi:10.1038/514276d

A coating for medical implants such as artificial heart valves could prevent blood-clot formation — a common problem in which blood cells and proteins stick to the surfaces of such devices.To make the surfaces less sticky, Donald Ingber of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts,

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Neurodegeneration: A monkey model of Alzheimer's

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

Neurodegeneration: A monkey model of Alzheimer's

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). doi:10.1038/514276e

The molecule that has been implicated in Alzheimer's disease causes many hallmarks of the disorder in monkey brains, suggesting the potential for a primate model of the disease.Amyloid-β forms plaques in the brains of people with Alzheimer's. Fernanda De Felice at the Federal University

Categories: Literature

Biotechnology: Another try at gene therapy for SCID

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

Biotechnology: Another try at gene therapy for SCID

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). doi:10.1038/514277a

Gene therapy has cured children who have severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), without so far causing cancer as previous treatment forms did.David Williams at Boston Children's Hospital in Massachusetts, Alain Fischer of the Necker Hospital for Sick Children in Paris and their co-workers made a

Categories: Literature

Water resources: Cities will grow thirsty

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

Water resources: Cities will grow thirsty

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). doi:10.1038/514277b

The number of large cities prone to insufficient water supplies could increase over the next 25 years — even without accounting for climate change.Julie Padowski and Steven Gorelick at Stanford University in California used projected urban population growth and increasing agricultural demands to assess

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Marine ecology: Marine slime ferries parasite

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

Marine ecology: Marine slime ferries parasite

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). doi:10.1038/514277c

Sticky molecules found in aquatic ecosystems could help to transmit land-based pathogens to marine animals.Karen Shapiro at the University of California, Davis, and her colleagues added varying levels of a gelatinous compound, alginic acid, to seawater samples containing the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which

Categories: Literature

Neurotechnology: Better control over bionics

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

Neurotechnology: Better control over bionics

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). doi:10.1038/514277d

Two groups have developed technologies for artificial arms that give people finer control over the limb than over conventional prostheses.Daniel Tan at the Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and his colleagues implanted electrodes in the arm muscles of two people,

Categories: Literature

Online fun with Nobel forecasts

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

Online fun with Nobel forecasts

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). doi:10.1038/514277e

As this year's Nobel laureates were inundated with congratulations online, the few researchers who correctly guessed the winners also earned themselves a little kudos. For example, Kate Jeffery, a neuroscientist at University College London, correctly foretold on Twitter that her colleague John O'Keefe would win

Categories: Literature

Seven days: 10–16 October 2014

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

Seven days: 10–16 October 2014

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/514278a

The week in science: Disaster strikes Taiwanese research vessel, UK launches its first space-weather forecasting centre, and ancient Greek shipwreck yields fresh booty.

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African penguins put researchers in a flap

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

African penguins put researchers in a flap

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/514283a

Author: Michael Cherry

Controlled fishing experiment raises controversy over cause of birds’ decline on Robben Island.

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Ebola by the numbers: The size, spread and cost of an outbreak

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

Ebola by the numbers: The size, spread and cost of an outbreak

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/514284a

Authors: Declan Butler & Lauren Morello

As the virus continues to rampage in West Africa, Nature’s graphic offers a guide to the figures that matter.

Categories: Literature

Higher education: The university experiment

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

Higher education: The university experiment

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/514287a

Universities must evolve if they are to survive. A special issue of Nature examines the many ways to build a modern campus.

Categories: Literature

The university experiment: Campus as laboratory

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

The university experiment: Campus as laboratory

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/514288a

Innovative ways of teaching, learning and doing research are helping universities around the globe to adapt to the modern world.

Categories: Literature

Arizona's big bet: The research rethink

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:00

Arizona's big bet: The research rethink

Nature 514, 7522 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/514292a

Author: Josh Fischman

Arizona State University is trying to reinvent academia by tearing down walls between disciplines.

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