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Indirect costs: Keeping the lights on

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:00

Indirect costs: Keeping the lights on

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/515326a

Author: Heidi Ledford

Every year, the US government gives research institutions billions of dollars towards infrastructure and administrative support. A Nature investigation reveals who is benefiting most.

Categories: Literature

Save the museums

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00

Save the museums

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). doi:10.1038/515311b

Italy’s curators must band together to preserve their valuable collections.

Categories: Literature

Data-access practices strengthened

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00

Data-access practices strengthened

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). doi:10.1038/515312a

In our continued drive for reproducibility, Nature and the Nature research journals are strengthening our editorial links with the journal Scientific Data and enhancing our data-availability practices. We believe that this initiative will improve support for authors looking for appropriate public repositories for

Categories: Literature

Openness in science is key to keeping public trust

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00

Openness in science is key to keeping public trust

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/515313a

Author: Mark Yarborough

Silence stifles progress, says Mark Yarborough. The scientific enterprise needs a transparent culture that actively finds and fixes problems.

Categories: Literature

Photonics: Twisty light sends images across Vienna

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00

Photonics: Twisty light sends images across Vienna

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). doi:10.1038/515314a

Beams of light twisted into a corkscrew shape have carried data more than 3 kilometres over Vienna's skyline in an effort to increase the information-carrying capacity of electromagnetic waves.Adding orbital angular momentum (OAM) to laser beams — when fluctuations of light waves are staggered

Categories: Literature

Cancer genetics: Exploding DNA goes back together

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00

Cancer genetics: Exploding DNA goes back together

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). doi:10.1038/515314b

The mysterious giant chromosomes found in some cancers are formed when DNA shatters and recombines.Neochromosomes are made up of pieces of the 46 chromosomes that each human cell normally carries. To study how they form, a team led by Anthony Papenfuss at the Walter

Categories: Literature

Biotechnology: Mind manipulates gene expression

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00

Biotechnology: Mind manipulates gene expression

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). doi:10.1038/515314c

Human brain activity has been harnessed to control gene expression in mice.Martin Fussenegger at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and his colleagues created a small, implantable cartridge containing human cells engineered to produce a protein called SEAP when exposed to light.

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Animal behaviour: Eyespots shift predators' attack

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00

Animal behaviour: Eyespots shift predators' attack

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). doi:10.1038/515314d

Eye-shaped markings at the edges of butterfly wings stop predators from striking vital body parts.Kathleen Prudic, now at Oregon State University in Corvallis, and her team let praying mantids (Tenodera sinensis) feed on Bicyclus anynana butterflies, which have small, drab eyespots

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Materials: Molecular fan opens under light

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00

Materials: Molecular fan opens under light

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). doi:10.1038/515314e

Researchers have constructed micrometre-sized, stacked layers that slide open like a folding fan when illuminated.Yanke Che and his colleagues at the Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences created thin, ribbon-like structures up to one micrometre wide.The ribbons are composed of multiple layers, each

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Conservation genetics: Leopard-skin origins traced

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00

Conservation genetics: Leopard-skin origins traced

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). doi:10.1038/515315a

DNA analysis can reveal the origins of products from endangered species, which could help to curb illegal trade.Such goods are often seized far from their origins, making it hard to know where to focus enforcement. Samrat Mondol of the National Centre for Biological Sciences

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Microbiology: Beware tainted microbe studies

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00

Microbiology: Beware tainted microbe studies

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). doi:10.1038/515315b

DNA contamination is ubiquitous in laboratory reagents commonly used to analyse the microbes that inhabit the human body.Susannah Salter at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, UK, Alan Walker at the University of Aberdeen, UK, and their colleagues used off-the-shelf DNA-extraction kits and

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Astronomy: Merged stars dodge black hole

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00

Astronomy: Merged stars dodge black hole

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). doi:10.1038/515315c

A mysterious cloud-like object that survived a close encounter with a black hole might be a merged pair of stars.Andrea Ghez of the University of California in Los Angeles and her team used the Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea in Hawaii to observe the

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Climate science: Water vapour predicts flooding

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00

Climate science: Water vapour predicts flooding

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). doi:10.1038/515315d

Streams of concentrated water vapour in the atmosphere could be used to predict flooding in Europe more accurately than rainfall does.A team led by David Lavers of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in Reading, UK, looked at forecasts from last winter, when

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Unusual reference attracts notoriety

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00

Unusual reference attracts notoriety

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). doi:10.1038/515315e

An editorial oversight has turned a report on fish pigmentation into one of the year's most talked-about papers. The study of poeciliid fishes, first published online in July by the journal Ethology (Z. W. Culumber et al. Ethology120, 1090–1100; 2014),

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Seven days: 14–20 November

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00

Seven days: 14–20 November

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/515316a

The week in science: China and United States announce plans to cut emissions; European Commission scraps chief science adviser post; and pharma firm Actavis announces a US$66-billion takeover.

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Crisis mappers turn to citizen scientists

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00

Crisis mappers turn to citizen scientists

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/515321a

Author: Mark Zastrow

Crowdsourced disaster surveys strive for more reliability in online collaboration.

Categories: Literature

Developing world: Far-flung physics

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00

Developing world: Far-flung physics

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/515330a

Author: Katia Moskvitch

The International Centre for Theoretical Physics was set up to seed science in the developing world; 100,000 researchers later, it is still growing.

Categories: Literature

Air pollution: Clean up our skies

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00

Air pollution: Clean up our skies

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). doi:10.1038/515335a

Authors: Julia Schmale, Drew Shindell, Erika von Schneidemesser, Ilan Chabay & Mark Lawrence

Improve air quality and mitigate climate-change simultaneously, urge Julia Schmale and colleagues.

Categories: Literature

Climate forecasting: Build high-resolution global climate models

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00

Climate forecasting: Build high-resolution global climate models

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). doi:10.1038/515338a

Author: Tim Palmer

International supercomputing centres dedicated to climate prediction are needed to reduce uncertainties in global warming, says Tim Palmer.

Categories: Literature

History of science: Pursuing the primordial

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:00

History of science: Pursuing the primordial

Nature 515, 7527 (2014). doi:10.1038/515340a

Author: Ted Nield

Ted Nield ponders a history of how European science came to grasp Earth's age.

Categories: Literature

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