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Applied prestige

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

Applied prestige

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). doi:10.1038/519389b

The UK research assessment should inspire everybody to reward excellent societal impacts.

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About time

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

About time

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). doi:10.1038/519390a

The next few years will see NASA missions probe the innermost secrets of gas giants.

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Zoology: Fish slurps up prey with watery 'tongue'

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

Zoology: Fish slurps up prey with watery 'tongue'

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). doi:10.1038/519392a

Mudskipper fish (Periophthalmus barbarus; pictured) use water bubbles as a 'tongue' to feed on land. The finding hints at how other animals might have evolved tongues as they made the transition from aquatic to terrestrial life.Krijn Michel at the University of Antwerp

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Stem cells: Stem cells tackle diabetes

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

Stem cells: Stem cells tackle diabetes

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). doi:10.1038/519392b

Stem cells may be useful for treating type 2 diabetes, according to a study in mice.Insulin-producing cells derived from human embryonic stem cells reduce blood sugar levels in mice with type 1 diabetes, but it was unclear whether the approach would work for type

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Cancer: Leukaemia cells made normal

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

Cancer: Leukaemia cells made normal

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). doi:10.1038/519392c

Cancerous white blood cells from people with a form of leukaemia have been reprogrammed into immune cells that do not cause the disease in animals.Immature immune cells called B cells cannot develop fully in people with precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (B-ALL). Ravindra Majeti

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Chemistry: Imaging of excited electron orbitals

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

Chemistry: Imaging of excited electron orbitals

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). doi:10.1038/519392d

A technique could pave the way for imaging electron behaviour as chemical reactions happen.Many reactions are governed by the behaviour of electrons in excited orbital states, but these states are difficult to capture because they last only a few picoseconds (10−12 seconds).

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Planetary science: Rings proposed for orbiting rock

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

Planetary science: Rings proposed for orbiting rock

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). doi:10.1038/519393a

An asteroid-sized rock orbiting between Saturn and Uranus may have a system of rings.Amanda Bosh of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and her team observed the minor planet 2060 Chiron passing in front of a star, using NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility on

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Materials: Speedy 3D printing in minutes

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

Materials: Speedy 3D printing in minutes

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). doi:10.1038/519393b

Researchers have sped up one approach to three-dimensional (3D) printing so that objects are produced in minutes instead of hours.One method of 3D printing involves shining ultraviolet rays up into a bath of liquid resin. The light solidifies the resin and the partial product

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Medical microbiology: Super bacteria lurk in the home

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

Medical microbiology: Super bacteria lurk in the home

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). doi:10.1038/519393c

Drug-resistant bacteria may hide out in homes for many years before causing disease.In the 1990s, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) moved out of hospitals in North America and started circulating in the community, causing skin and other infections. A team led by Michael David

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Ecology: Snakes wipe out Everglades rabbits

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

Ecology: Snakes wipe out Everglades rabbits

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). doi:10.1038/519393d

Invasive pythons have been blamed for the decline of many mammals in a protected area in Florida. Now, Robert McCleery of the University of Florida in Gainesville and his team have found evidence for that claim.Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) invaded Florida's

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Meteorology: El Niño brings fewer tornadoes

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

Meteorology: El Niño brings fewer tornadoes

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). doi:10.1038/519393e

Warming and cooling trends in the equatorial Pacific Ocean affect the frequency of tornadoes (pictured) in parts of the United States.John Allen of Columbia University in New York and his colleagues focused on environmental indices (such as wind shear) that are linked

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Seven days: 20–26 March 2015

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

Seven days: 20–26 March 2015

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/519394a

The week in science: Pitcairn islands to gain massive marine reserve; US sets rules on fracking; and the head of Japan’s RIKEN Institute quits.

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An inside look at the first pig biobank

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

An inside look at the first pig biobank

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/519397a

Author: Alison Abbott

Nature watches a porcine autopsy that will help create a powerful animal model of diabetes.

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Biotech boot camp

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

Biotech boot camp

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/519402a

Author: Heidi Ledford

US funding agencies are turning to a Silicon Valley entrepreneur to focus fledgling biomedical companies on success — even when that means making a scientific course correction.

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Sustainability: Five steps for managing Europe's forests

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

Sustainability: Five steps for managing Europe's forests

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). doi:10.1038/519407a

Authors: Silvano Fares, Giuseppe Scarascia Mugnozza, Piermaria Corona & Marc Palahí

Support resilience and promote carbon storage, say Silvano Fares and colleagues.

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Primatology: Among the lemurs

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

Primatology: Among the lemurs

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). doi:10.1038/519412a

Author: Henry Nicholls

Henry Nicholls savours the posthumous autobiography of the pioneering conservationist Alison Jolly.

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Books in brief

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

Books in brief

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). doi:10.1038/519413a

Author: Daniel Cressey

Daniel Cressey reviews five of the week's best science picks.

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Data protection: Big data held to privacy laws, too

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

Data protection: Big data held to privacy laws, too

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). doi:10.1038/519414a

Author: Stephen Wilson

Privacy issues around data protection often inspire over-engineered responses from scientists and technologists. Yet constraints on the use of personal data mean that privacy is less about what is done with information than what is not done with it. Technology such as new algorithms may

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Typhoons: Storm-surge models helped for Hagupit

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

Typhoons: Storm-surge models helped for Hagupit

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). doi:10.1038/519414b

Authors: Alfredo Mahar Lagmay & Norman Kerle

The Philippine government learned from shortcomings in the preparations for Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 (see R.Lejanoet al. Nature518, 35;10.1038/518035a2015, and A. M. F.Lagmayet al. Int. J. Disaster Risk Reduct.11, 1–

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Research management: Leadership training for African scientists

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

Research management: Leadership training for African scientists

Nature 519, 7544 (2015). doi:10.1038/519414c

Authors: Bernard Slippers & Eva Alisic

The Africa Science Leadership Program, launched on 2 March, is the first of its kind in the developing world (see www.up.ac.za/aslp). It will train researchers to lead complex scientific initiatives across disciplines and sectors, helping them to compete in global knowledge production.A handful

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