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Dam removals: Rivers on the run

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Dam removals: Rivers on the run

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/511521a

Author: Richard A. Lovett

As the United States destroys its old dams, species are streaming back into the unfettered rivers.

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Fishy business

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Fishy business

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). doi:10.1038/511507b

Delays in approving genetically engineered salmon may be a taste of worse to come.

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Cause is not everything in mental illness

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Cause is not everything in mental illness

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/511509a

Author: David Adam

Welcome steps have been made in uncovering a biological basis for schizophrenia, but for many, the question of ‘why’ is unimportant, says David Adam.

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Ecology: Predictable patterns for coral-reef pest

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Ecology: Predictable patterns for coral-reef pest

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). doi:10.1038/511510a

Modelling how ocean currents spread the larvae of coral-eating starfish around Australia's Great Barrier Reef can help to identify areas that are prone to damaging epidemics of the pest.A team led by Karlo Hock of the University of Queensland in St Lucia, Australia, used

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Glaciology: Data mix-up in sea-ice record

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Glaciology: Data mix-up in sea-ice record

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). doi:10.1038/511510b

The recent, mysterious expansion of Antarctic ice could be overestimated because of a data-analysis error, according to US scientists.Ian Eisenman at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, and his colleagues found the mistake when they compared two versions of satellite data

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Materials: Sponge takes light to make steam

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Materials: Sponge takes light to make steam

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). doi:10.1038/511510c

A sponge-like device absorbs water and solar energy to generate steam efficiently (pictured).Gang Chen at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and his colleagues placed a layer of graphite flakes on top of a piece of carbon foam. The foam floats

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Chemistry: Fighting ants make rare fluid

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Chemistry: Fighting ants make rare fluid

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). doi:10.1038/511510d

An ionic liquid has been observed for the first time in nature — as a mixture of venom from two rival ant species.The tawny crazy ant Nylanderia fulva is displacing fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) in the southern United States, in part

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Geomorphology: Beaches erode without storms

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Geomorphology: Beaches erode without storms

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). doi:10.1038/511510e

Sea-level rises that are unrelated to major storm events could be eroding coastlines as much as hurricanes do.Weather and oceanographic processes that are not linked to storms cause sea levels to rise over weeks to months, but their effects have been overlooked in models

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Immunology: Inflammation on the clock

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Immunology: Inflammation on the clock

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). doi:10.1038/511511a

An internal clock regulates inflammation in mouse lungs.Symptoms of some human lung diseases, including asthma, tend to vary in severity according to the time of day. Andrew Loudon and David Ray at the University of Manchester, UK, and their colleagues found that immune responses

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Climate science: Warming from coupled climates

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Climate science: Warming from coupled climates

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). doi:10.1038/511511b

Links between the climate over the North Pacific and the North Atlantic oceans could lead to abrupt climate change.Researchers have debated whether temperature and ocean fluctuations were in sync with each other during past climate changes. Summer Praetorius and Alan Mix of Oregon State

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Optics: Transistor uses single photons

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Optics: Transistor uses single photons

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). doi:10.1038/511511c

Two teams in Germany have built transistors that control light at the single-photon level.Transistors that switch light instead of electrical current can enable ultra-fast computing. But making optical transistors with 'gain' — when one photon affects many others to drive further switches — has

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Evolution: Sperm are speedier in groups

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Evolution: Sperm are speedier in groups

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). doi:10.1038/511511d

In the face of competition, sperm cells travel faster when they move together in groups of an optimal size.A team led by Heidi Fisher at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, studied rodent sperm cells under a microscope, and used a mathematical model to analyse

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Beef's big impact on Earth

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Beef's big impact on Earth

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). doi:10.1038/511511e

Author: Chris Woolston

Nature's roundup of the papers and issues gaining traction on social media.Beef is suddenly big on social media, thanks to two recent papers investigating the global effects of livestock farming. Researchers are also buzzing about the mystery of vanishing clinical-trial results, and a

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Seven days: 25–31 July 2014

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Seven days: 25–31 July 2014

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/511512a

The week in science: Scripps president resigns; record-breaking drive on Mars; and Poland creates a space agency.

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Cancer biomarkers: Written in blood

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Cancer biomarkers: Written in blood

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/511524a

Author: Ed Yong

DNA circulating in the bloodstream could guide cancer treatment — if researchers can work out how best to use it.

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Public health: A sustainable plan for China's drinking water

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Public health: A sustainable plan for China's drinking water

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). doi:10.1038/511527a

Authors: Tao Tao & Kunlun Xin

Tackling pollution and using different grades of water for different tasks is more efficient than making all water potable, say Tao Tao and Kunlun Xin.

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Diversity: Energy studies need social science

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Diversity: Energy studies need social science

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). doi:10.1038/511529a

Author: Benjamin K. Sovacool

A broader pool of expertise is needed to understand how human behaviour affects energy demand and the uptake of technologies, says Benjamin K. Sovacool.

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Neuroscience: Looking-glass wars

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Neuroscience: Looking-glass wars

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). doi:10.1038/511532a

Author: Patricia Smith Churchland

Patricia Smith Churchland welcomes a critique of the mirror-neuron theory linking brain and behaviour.

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Books in brief

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Books in brief

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). doi:10.1038/511533a

Author: Barbara Kiser

Young children, notes science writer Philip Ball, believe they vanish when they shut their eyes. Such beliefs wither, but “the dream and the desire” for invisibility remain, and Ball traces these through history. The urge has spawned occultism, stage magic, a fascination with camouflage, and

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Emissions: Carbon cost will not stop oil-sands work

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Emissions: Carbon cost will not stop oil-sands work

Nature 511, 7511 (2014). doi:10.1038/511534a

Authors: Andrew Leach & Branko Boskovic

Wendy Palen and colleagues propose a moratorium on new oil-sands projects until regulations are in place to ensure compliance with carbon-emissions commitments (Nature510, 465–467; 10.1038/510465a2014). We question whether such a ban is justified on the basis of

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