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Timeless advice

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

Timeless advice

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). doi:10.1038/523381b

The best guidance on how to get ahead in science stands the test of time.

Categories: Literature

It’s good to talk

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

It’s good to talk

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). doi:10.1038/523382a

Help for those struggling to reproduce results could be just a phone call away.

Categories: Literature

Russia's crackdowns are jeopardizing its science

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

Russia's crackdowns are jeopardizing its science

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/523383a

Author: Fyodor Kondrashov

The escalating encroachment on democratic freedoms undermines the nation's claim of support for science, says Fyodor Kondrashov.

Categories: Literature

Energy: Sun's heat could cut fossil-fuel use

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

Energy: Sun's heat could cut fossil-fuel use

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). doi:10.1038/523384a

Integrating solar technologies into coal-fired power plants could ease the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.Vishwanath Haily Dalvi of the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, India, and his colleagues looked at solar thermal technology, which collects the Sun's energy as heat.

Categories: Literature

Anthropology: Earliest signs of chicken husbandry

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

Anthropology: Earliest signs of chicken husbandry

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). doi:10.1038/523384b

Humans first used chickens for economic gain roughly 2,300 years ago in the Middle East, before Europeans began exploiting the bird.The chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) was first domesticated in southeast Asia, but its dispersal from that region has been unclear. Lee Perry-Gal

Categories: Literature

Stem cells: Heart cells come of age

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

Stem cells: Heart cells come of age

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). doi:10.1038/523384c

Human stem cells have been coaxed into forming heart progenitor cells that then develop into more-specialized heart cells.Researchers have struggled to turn stem cells into large pools of cardiac cells that would further divide. Christine Mummery at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands

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Astronomy: Total eclipse of rare twin stars

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

Astronomy: Total eclipse of rare twin stars

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). doi:10.1038/523384d

Amateur and professional astronomers have spotted a rare pair of stars in which one completely eclipses the other as they orbit each other.A team led by Heather Campbell at the University of Cambridge, UK, analysed data from the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite and

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The week in science: 17–23 July

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

The week in science: 17–23 July

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/523384a

A pledge on fishing in Arctic high seas; global inequalities on mental health; and another ethics scandal at the University of Minnesota.

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Materials: Nanocrystals seen in solution in 3D

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

Materials: Nanocrystals seen in solution in 3D

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). doi:10.1038/523385a

Researchers have determined the 3D structure of individual nanoparticles in a solution with near-atomic resolution.Paul Alivisatos at the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues used graphene (sheets of single carbon atoms) to protect a solution containing platinum nanocrystals from the vacuum conditions of

Categories: Literature

Evolution: Hands hold clues to primate evolution

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

Evolution: Hands hold clues to primate evolution

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). doi:10.1038/523385b

Human hand proportions are similar to those of some of our ancestors, suggesting that our hands did not evolve to serve the unique needs of modern humans.Sergio Almécija at George Washington University in Washington DC and his colleagues analysed hand-length proportions in humans, apes

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Chemistry: Elusive molecule made in the lab

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

Chemistry: Elusive molecule made in the lab

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). doi:10.1038/523385c

An organic molecule first postulated a century ago has finally been created and characterized in the lab.Scientists first theorized the existence of ethylenedione in 1913, but it remained unobserved despite its simple chemical formula (OCCO). Andrei Sanov and his colleagues at the University of

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Neuroscience: 'Mini-brain' gives autism hints

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

Neuroscience: 'Mini-brain' gives autism hints

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). doi:10.1038/523385d

Researchers have cultured stem cells from people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to form brain-like structures in the lab, revealing errors in neuronal development.Flora Vaccarino of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and her colleagues took skin cells from four people with ASD and

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Palaeontology: Oldest animal sperm spotted

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

Palaeontology: Oldest animal sperm spotted

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). doi:10.1038/523385e

Cells preserved inside a 50-million-year-old fossilized worm cocoon represent the oldest animal sperm ever found.Because of their delicate nature, sperm cells are rarely found in fossils. But Benjamin Bomfleur at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm and his colleagues spotted the sperm

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UK shifts its space-science strategy

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

UK shifts its space-science strategy

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/523394a

Author: Elizabeth Gibney

Research surrounding human spaceflight is booming.

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A cellular puzzle: The weird and wonderful architecture of RNA

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

A cellular puzzle: The weird and wonderful architecture of RNA

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/523398a

Author: Elie Dolgin

Cells contain an ocean of twisting and turning RNA molecules. Now researchers are working out the structures — and how important they could be.

Categories: Literature

Conservation: Stop misuse of biodiversity offsets

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

Conservation: Stop misuse of biodiversity offsets

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). doi:10.1038/523401a

Authors: Martine Maron, Ascelin Gordon, Brendan G. Mackey, Hugh P. Possingham & James E. M. Watson

Governments should not meet existing conservation targets using the compensation that developers pay for damaging biodiversity, say Martine Maron and colleagues.

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Environmental science: Agree on biodiversity metrics to track from space

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

Environmental science: Agree on biodiversity metrics to track from space

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). doi:10.1038/523403a

Authors: Andrew K. Skidmore, Nathalie Pettorelli, Nicholas C. Coops, Gary N. Geller, Matthew Hansen, Richard Lucas, Caspar A. Mücher, Brian O'Connor, Marc Paganini, Henrique Miguel Pereira, Michael E. Schaepman, Woody Turner, Tiejun Wang & Martin Wegmann

Ecologists and space agencies must forge a global monitoring strategy, say Andrew K. Skidmore, Nathalie Pettorelli and colleagues.

Categories: Literature

Mathematics: The mercurial mathematician

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

Mathematics: The mercurial mathematician

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). doi:10.1038/523406a

Author: Michael Harris

Michael Harris relishes a biography of the playful, complicated group theorist John Horton Conway.

Categories: Literature

Science fiction: Star-flight dreaming

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

Science fiction: Star-flight dreaming

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). doi:10.1038/523407a

Author: Gregory Benford

Gregory Benford probes Kim Stanley Robinson's politics-drenched tale of interstellar travel.

Categories: Literature

Experimental psychology: The anatomy of obedience

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

Experimental psychology: The anatomy of obedience

Nature 523, 7561 (2015). doi:10.1038/523408a

Author: Brendan Maher

Brendan Maher reviews two films probing notorious US psychological experiments.

Categories: Literature

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