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Orbital assembly

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

Orbital assembly

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). doi:10.1038/513144a

The space launch of a 3D printer does not herald a brave new era — but it is a good start.

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Animal behaviour: Videos teach tricks to wild monkeys

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

Animal behaviour: Videos teach tricks to wild monkeys

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). doi:10.1038/513146a

Wild monkeys can learn new behaviours by watching instructional videos — a feat that had previously been accomplished only in the laboratory.Tina Gunhold at the University of Vienna and her collaborators recorded video of two captive marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) as they opened

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Genomics: How coffee got its buzz

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

Genomics: How coffee got its buzz

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). doi:10.1038/513146b

The coffee plant makes caffeine using different genes from those found in tea and cacao, suggesting that the ability to produce the stimulant evolved at least twice in plants.Victor Albert at the University of Buffalo in New York and his colleagues sequenced the genome

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Evolution: Wooing frogs are bat bait

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

Evolution: Wooing frogs are bat bait

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). doi:10.1038/513146c

Bats use echolocation not only to navigate, but also to spot and capture male frogs that are in the act of courting.Many male frogs inflate their vocal sacs while sending out calls to attract potential mates. Wouter Halfwerk at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

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Physics: Magnets used in suspension act

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

Physics: Magnets used in suspension act

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). doi:10.1038/513146d

Researchers have developed a way to handle small objects in three dimensions using magnetic levitation, even when the objects themselves are not magnetic.George Whitesides and his team at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, suspended a non-magnetic nylon screw in a liquid that becomes magnetic

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Marine ecology: Blue whales bounce back

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

Marine ecology: Blue whales bounce back

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). doi:10.1038/513147a

A population of blue whales has reached pre-whaling levels and is no longer endangered.Cole Monnahan at the University of Washington in Seattle and his colleagues modelled a population of blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) in the eastern North Pacific along with the number

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Microbiology and immunology: Early diet shapes gut flora

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

Microbiology and immunology: Early diet shapes gut flora

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). doi:10.1038/513147b

Breast- and bottle-fed monkeys develop distinct immune systems and communities of gut microbes.Populations of gut flora vary among adult primates, but little is known about what drives these differences. Dennis Hartigan-O'Connor of the University of California, Davis, and his colleagues found that breast-fed rhesus

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Neuroscience: Music training aids speech processing

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

Neuroscience: Music training aids speech processing

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). doi:10.1038/513147c

The more music training children receive, the better their brains become at distinguishing between similar speech sounds.Nina Kraus at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and her colleagues studied children aged six to nine years from low-income neighbourhoods in Los Angeles, California, who took part

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Biofuels: Bacteria generate propane gas

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

Biofuels: Bacteria generate propane gas

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). doi:10.1038/513147d

Genetically engineered bacteria could one day be harnessed to make renewable propane fuel.Patrik Jones at Imperial College London, Kalim Akhtar at University College London and their colleagues introduced genes for various enzymes from different species of bacteria into Escherichia coli, so that the

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Zoology: Archer fish show how to sharpshoot

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

Zoology: Archer fish show how to sharpshoot

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). doi:10.1038/513147e

Archer fish can control the water jets they shoot from their mouths to nab prey from a variety of distances.Peggy Gerullis and Stefan Schuster at the University of Bayreuth in Germany trained the fish (Toxotes jaculatrix; pictured) to fire at specific

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The language of deception

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

The language of deception

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). doi:10.1038/513147f

A PLoS ONE paper on language patterns in fraudulent papers has sparked social-media speculation about new ways to spot dishonest work. Researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, took advantage of a singular resource to study the linguistics of fraud: the collected

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Seven days: 5–11 September 2014

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

Seven days: 5–11 September 2014

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/513148a

The week in science: NIH finds forgotten ricin, scientists discover massive dinosaur, and greenhouse gases hit record highs.

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Chinese data hint at trigger for fatal quake

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

Chinese data hint at trigger for fatal quake

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/513154a

Author: Jane Qiu

Seismic activity started to rise just as two giant reservoirs on upper Yangtze were being filled with water.

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NASA to send 3D printer into space

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

NASA to send 3D printer into space

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/513156a

Author: Alexandra Witze

Machine will let astronauts create parts to order.

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Wildlife energy: Survival of the fittest

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

Wildlife energy: Survival of the fittest

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/513157a

Author: Andrew Curry

Using a wildlife version of fitness trackers, biologists can finally measure how much energy animals need to stay alive.

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Curing blindness: Vision quest

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

Curing blindness: Vision quest

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/513160a

Author: Corie Lok

Technologies are allowing doctors to do what was once unheard of: restore blind people's sight. Now the real challenges begin.

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Climate policy: Rethink IPCC reports

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

Climate policy: Rethink IPCC reports

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). doi:10.1038/513163a

Authors: Thomas F. Stocker & Gian-Kasper Plattner

Voluntary work alone cannot sustain the assessments carried out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Thomas F. Stocker and Gian-Kasper Plattner call for institutional support and a longer report cycle.

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Economics: Manufacture renewables to build energy security

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

Economics: Manufacture renewables to build energy security

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). doi:10.1038/513166a

Authors: John A. Mathews & Hao Tan

Countries should follow China's lead and boost markets for water, wind and solar power technologies to drive down costs, say John A. Mathews and Hao Tan.

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Science fiction: Verne and beyond

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

Science fiction: Verne and beyond

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). doi:10.1038/513169a

Authors: Danièle Chatelain & George Slusser

Danièle Chatelain and George Slusser explore how French science fiction grapples with Cartesian duality.

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Q&A: The sci-fi optimist

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

Q&A: The sci-fi optimist

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). doi:10.1038/513170a

Author: Zeeya Merali

Best-selling science-fiction writer Neal Stephenson's works cover everything from cryptography to Sumerian mythology. Ahead of next year's novel Seveneves, he talks about his influences, the stagnation in material technologies, and Hieroglyph, the forthcoming science-fiction anthology that he kick-started to stimulate the next generation of engineers.

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