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The democracy carousel

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

The democracy carousel

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). doi:10.1038/508287a

European law has allowed citizens to force a debate on human embryonic stem cells less than a year after the previous one. This fruitless democratic exercise has left scientists spinning in uncertainty.

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Cancer crossroads

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

Cancer crossroads

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). doi:10.1038/508287b

Efforts to understand cancer genomes should take on a fresh focus.

Categories: Literature

Practical nonsense

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

Practical nonsense

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). doi:10.1038/508288a

Downgrading practical science will impede UK students in the global workplace

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Beware of backroom deals in the name of 'science'

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

Beware of backroom deals in the name of 'science'

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/508289a

Author: Colin Macilwain

The term 'sound science' has become Orwellian double-speak for various forms of pro-business spin, says Colin Macilwain.

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Ecology: Fallen trees form a sea-floor feast

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

Ecology: Fallen trees form a sea-floor feast

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). doi:10.1038/508290a

Dead trees at the bottom of the ocean host a diverse range of bacteria, fungi and molluscs (pictured; a cent is included for scale).Craig McClain of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, North Carolina, and James Barry of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research

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Photonics: Light goes one way on a chip

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

Photonics: Light goes one way on a chip

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). doi:10.1038/508290b

A device that controls light so that it travels in just one direction could be used in high-speed computers that carry signals using light, rather than electric charges.A team led by Lan Yang and Şahin Kaya Özdemir at Washington University in St. Louis created

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Evolution: Ancient lion DNA yields family tree

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

Evolution: Ancient lion DNA yields family tree

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). doi:10.1038/508290c

Five genetically distinct lion populations roam in Africa and Asia — a finding that hints at greater diversity in these animals than previously thought.A team led by Ross Barnett, now at the University of Copenhagen, analysed mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from the remains of 14

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Conservation biology: Unique birds top conservation list

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

Conservation biology: Unique birds top conservation list

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). doi:10.1038/508290d

An analysis of evolutionary relationships between all of the world's known birds prioritizes some of them for conservation on the basis of their genetic uniqueness.Walter Jetz of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, Arne Mooers of Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada, and their

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Civil engineering: Seismic 'shield' stops quake shake

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

Civil engineering: Seismic 'shield' stops quake shake

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). doi:10.1038/508291a

An array of deep holes in the ground seems to lessen shaking in certain locations during a simulated earthquake.Stéphane Brûlé of soil-engineering company Ménard in Nozay, France, and his colleagues drilled a grid of boreholes 5 metres deep into the soil near Grenoble. A

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Neurobiology: Surprising effects of prion drug

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

Neurobiology: Surprising effects of prion drug

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). doi:10.1038/508291b

A chemical that combats pathogenic prion proteins in infected mouse cells worsens the problem in cells from other species. The finding could explain why the drug, quinacrine, has been ineffective in many clinical trials.Prion infections turn healthy proteins into abnormally folded forms, which cause

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Materials: Printer squirts out nanotubes

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

Materials: Printer squirts out nanotubes

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). doi:10.1038/508291c

Inkjet printers can produce thin films of carbon nanotubes for use as electrodes in stretchy electronic circuits.Yongtaek Hong and his colleagues at Seoul National University printed layers of single-walled carbon nanotubes onto a stretchable silicon-based material. The authors found that the electrical properties of

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Neuroscience: Turn on the light to make myelin

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

Neuroscience: Turn on the light to make myelin

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). doi:10.1038/508291d

Brain circuits change throughout life, and researchers in California have discovered a mechanism for one such change: the thickening of the myelin sheath that surrounds nerve fibres and helps neurons to fire.Michelle Monje and her co-workers at Stanford University School of Medicine studied mice

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Biomechanics: Fast moves of fleeing fruit flies

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

Biomechanics: Fast moves of fleeing fruit flies

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). doi:10.1038/508291e

To dodge predators, flies in flight execute banked turns in just a few wingbeats — much faster than the steering motions that have been previously observed in flies.Michael Dickinson and his colleagues at the University of Washington in Seattle used three high-speed cameras operating

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Lionfish prove a main draw on Twitter

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

Lionfish prove a main draw on Twitter

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). doi:10.1038/508291f

What types of research papers move a scientist to turn from test tube or data-crunch to spread the word on social media? Here are some papers that saw Twitter activity from researchers in early April.Lionfish took a bite of Twitter attention at the start

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Seven days: 11–17 April 2014

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

Seven days: 11–17 April 2014

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/508292a

The week in science: Japan reapproves use of nuclear power, second sighting of an exotic tetraquark, and biotech stocks plunge.

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Mini satellites prove their scientific power

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

Mini satellites prove their scientific power

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/508300a

Author: Nicola Jones

Proliferation of ‘CubeSats’ offers fresh and fast way to gather space data.

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Toxicology: The plastics puzzle

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

Toxicology: The plastics puzzle

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/508306a

Author: Josie Glausiusz

When toxicologists warned that the plastics ingredient BPA might be harmful, consumers clamoured for something new. But problems persist.

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Policy: Bring sustainable energy to the developing world

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

Policy: Bring sustainable energy to the developing world

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). doi:10.1038/508309a

Authors: Reid Detchon & Richenda Van Leeuwen

Investment and policies must support cheap, clean energy technologies to cut both poverty and climate change, say Reid Detchon and Richenda Van Leeuwen.

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Publishing: Credit where credit is due

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

Publishing: Credit where credit is due

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). doi:10.1038/508312a

Authors: Liz Allen, Jo Scott, Amy Brand, Marjorie Hlava & Micah Altman

Liz Allen, Amy Brand, Jo Scott, Micah Altman and Marjorie Hlava are trialling digital taxonomies to help researchers to identify their contributions to collaborative projects.

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Astronomy: Art of the eclipse

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:00

Astronomy: Art of the eclipse

Nature 508, 7496 (2014). doi:10.1038/508314a

Authors: Jay M. Pasachoff & Roberta J. M. Olson

As the next solar eclipse approaches, Jay M. Pasachoff and Roberta J. M. Olson ponder how artists from the early Renaissance onwards have interpreted the phenomenon.

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