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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.
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.
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.