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Space: First glimpse of primordial stars

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:00

Space: First glimpse of primordial stars

Nature 522, 7557 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/522401a

Author: Elizabeth Gibney

Astronomers claim to spot generation that seeded Universe.

Categories: Literature

Ancestry: Genome results rekindle legal row

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:00

Ancestry: Genome results rekindle legal row

Nature 522, 7557 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/522404a

Author: Ewen Callaway

'Kennewick Man' sequencing shows Native American roots.

Categories: Literature

Gene politics

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

Gene politics

Nature 523, 7558 (2015). doi:10.1038/523005b

US lawmakers are asserting their place in the human genetic-modification debate.

Categories: Literature

Light detective

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

Light detective

Nature 523, 7558 (2015). doi:10.1038/523006a

Smartphone camera set to come to the aid of sleuths, scientists and wine lovers.

Categories: Literature

Atmospheric science: Air pollution triggers floods

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

Atmospheric science: Air pollution triggers floods

Nature 523, 7558 (2015). doi:10.1038/523008a

A catastrophic 2013 flood in China was probably caused, in part, by air pollution.In July 2013, heavy rainfall resulted in a devastating flood in the mountains northwest of the Sichuan Basin in China (pictured). The basin has seen increasing industrial activity in the past

Categories: Literature

Ecology: Roadkill yields panther numbers

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

Ecology: Roadkill yields panther numbers

Nature 523, 7558 (2015). doi:10.1038/523008b

By counting the number of endangered panthers hit and killed by cars in Florida, researchers have estimated the population size of this rare cat. They say that it is the first statistically robust population estimate for the animals across their breeding range.Brett McClintock of

Categories: Literature

Marine biology: Corals inherit love for heat

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

Marine biology: Corals inherit love for heat

Nature 523, 7558 (2015). doi:10.1038/523008c

Heat tolerance in corals can be passed down the generations, suggesting that corals can adapt as the climate warms.Researchers have suggested that corals physiologically acclimatize to higher temperatures rather than inherit heat tolerance. To test this idea, Line Bay at the Australian Institute of

Categories: Literature

Neurobiology: Target neurons to relieve asthma

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

Neurobiology: Target neurons to relieve asthma

Nature 523, 7558 (2015). doi:10.1038/523008d

Silencing signals from pain-sensing nerve cells in the lungs reduces the symptoms of asthma in mice.When stimulated by allergens, these neurons cause airways to constrict and trigger symptoms such as coughing and wheezing. Bruce Levy and Clifford Woolf of Harvard Medical School in Boston,

Categories: Literature

Materials: DNA glues particles together

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

Materials: DNA glues particles together

Nature 523, 7558 (2015). doi:10.1038/523009a

Researchers have assembled micrometre-sized particles into a variety of crystals using DNA as 'glue'.DNA has been used to control the assembly of DNA-coated nanoparticles, but doing this with larger particles leads to the formation of random clumps that do not crystallize. To solve this,

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Astronomy: Bounty of dark galaxies found

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

Astronomy: Bounty of dark galaxies found

Nature 523, 7558 (2015). doi:10.1038/523009b

Astronomers have discovered more than 850 faint galaxies in a galaxy cluster that could be made mostly of dark matter.Using archived images from the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii, a team led by Jin Koda at Stony Brook University in New York searched for observations

Categories: Literature

Neuroscience: Male mice process pain differently

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

Neuroscience: Male mice process pain differently

Nature 523, 7558 (2015). doi:10.1038/523009c

Male and female mice use different types of immune cell to process chronic pain.Studies of male mice have shown that immune cells called microglia in the spinal cord have an important role in chronic pain. To see whether this is the same in female

Categories: Literature

Astronomy: 'Tatooines' may be common

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

Astronomy: 'Tatooines' may be common

Nature 523, 7558 (2015). doi:10.1038/523009d

Planets orbiting a binary star system — like Tatooine, the fictional home planet of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars — could form with surprising ease.Most known circumbinary planets orbit close to their stars, where the competing gravitational forces from the two stars make

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Fisheries: Farming footprint is rapidly growing

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

Fisheries: Farming footprint is rapidly growing

Nature 523, 7558 (2015). doi:10.1038/523009e

Humans are venturing farther across the oceans and harvesting a greater proportion of the ocean's biomass to feed the world's appetite for seafood.Reg Watson at the University of Tasmania in Taroona, Australia, and his colleagues analysed global fisheries, and seafood import and export data.

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The week in science: 26 June–2 July 2015

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

The week in science: 26 June–2 July 2015

Nature 523, 7558 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/523010a

A five-year window for combating AIDS; lions return to Rwanda’s verdant hills; and supply run to space station fails as rocket explodes.

Categories: Literature

Plant collections left in the cold by cuts

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

Plant collections left in the cold by cuts

Nature 523, 7558 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/523016a

Author: Boer Deng

North America’s herbaria wilt under pressure for space and cash.

Categories: Literature

Europe braces for more climate litigation

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

Europe braces for more climate litigation

Nature 523, 7558 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/523018a

Author: Quirin Schiermeier

Dutch order to cut emissions opens door for citizens' lawsuits elsewhere.

Categories: Literature

Machine ethics: The robot’s dilemma

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

Machine ethics: The robot’s dilemma

Nature 523, 7558 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/523024a

Author: Boer Deng

Working out how to build ethical robots is one of the thorniest challenges in artificial intelligence.

Categories: Literature

Reproducibility: Don't cry wolf

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

Reproducibility: Don't cry wolf

Nature 523, 7558 (2015). doi:10.1038/523027a

Author: Jan Conrad

Tighten the requirements for declaring physics breakthroughs, says Jan Conrad.

Categories: Literature

Sustainable mobility: Six research routes to steer transport policy

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

Sustainable mobility: Six research routes to steer transport policy

Nature 523, 7558 (2015). doi:10.1038/523029a

Authors: Eric Bruun & Moshe Givoni

Strategies must better balance the costs and benefits of travel and be realistic about the promises of new technologies, say Eric Bruun and Moshe Givoni.

Categories: Literature

Energy: Profiles of power

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

Energy: Profiles of power

Nature 523, 7558 (2015). doi:10.1038/523032a

Author: Arnulf Grubler

Arnulf Grubler examines a study of power output and spatial area — a key concept in discussing renewables.

Categories: Literature

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