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Scale up the supply of experimental Ebola drugs

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Scale up the supply of experimental Ebola drugs

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/512233a

Author: Oliver Brady

Estimates of the probable impact of the outbreak show that existing stocks of potentially useful medicines are insufficient, says Oliver Brady.

Categories: Literature

Ocean sciences: Farmed salmon swim to freedom

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Ocean sciences: Farmed salmon swim to freedom

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). doi:10.1038/512234a

Vastly more salmon could be escaping from aquaculture farms (pictured) than is officially reported, say Ove Skilbrei and his colleagues at the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen, Norway.Farmed salmon that escape could mate with wild populations and make them less fit for survival.

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HIV: Antibody–drug mix stops relapse

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

HIV: Antibody–drug mix stops relapse

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). doi:10.1038/512234b

A combination of antibodies and multiple virus-activating drugs can keep HIV from resurging in infected mice, even after treatment ends.During drug treatment, HIV enters a dormant state and stays hidden inside infected cells; afterwards, it bounces back. A team led by Michel Nussenzweig at

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Materials: Soft machines made like Lego

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Materials: Soft machines made like Lego

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). doi:10.1038/512234c

Soft, stretchy, Lego-style bricks offer a way to make three-dimensional (3D) prototypes of elastic structures, according to researchers at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.'Click-e-bricks', which were developed by George Whitesides and his colleagues, can be used to build stretchy devices, such as hollow ones

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Astronomy: Comets forge organic molecules

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Astronomy: Comets forge organic molecules

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). doi:10.1038/512234d

Astronomers have captured three-dimensional images of organic compounds streaming from two comets.Comets contain some of the oldest materials in the Solar System. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, Martin Cordiner of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and

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Microbiology: How Salmonella bounces back

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Microbiology: How Salmonella bounces back

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). doi:10.1038/512235a

Two groups have shown how Salmonella bacteria can resist antibiotics.Dirk Bumann of the University of Basel in Switzerland and his colleagues infected mice with modified Salmonella strains that glow green when they divide. They found varying rates of division in different tissues,

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Astronomy: Dusty visitors from interstellar space

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Astronomy: Dusty visitors from interstellar space

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). doi:10.1038/512235b

Seven particles captured by NASA's Stardust spacecraft may be the first sample of dust from beyond the Solar System that has been brought back to Earth.Andrew Westphal at the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues — with the help of 30,714 citizen scientists

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Conservation biology: Poaching leads to elephant decline

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Conservation biology: Poaching leads to elephant decline

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). doi:10.1038/512235c

The illegal killing of elephants in Africa to supply the ivory trade has reached unsustainable rates.George Wittemyer at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and his colleagues used data from elephant carcass surveys in 45 sites across Africa to model broader trends in elephant

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Virology: Secret to Ebola's success

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Virology: Secret to Ebola's success

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). doi:10.1038/512235d

The Ebola virus might elude immune responses by stopping a key protein in infected cells from activating defence genes.Ebola, which kills up to 90% of people it infects, is known to disrupt the activity of interferon, a crucial antiviral protein. Gaya Amarasinghe at Washington

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Engineering: Robot swarms take shape

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Engineering: Robot swarms take shape

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). doi:10.1038/512235e

A thousand-strong army of coin-sized robots (pictured) can arrange itself into various configurations.Michael Rubenstein and his co-workers at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, programmed 1,024 robots with a simple set of rules and an image of a shape to be formed. Four

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Strong words over a 'Hobbit'

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Strong words over a 'Hobbit'

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). doi:10.1038/512235f

Author: Chris Woolston

Nature's roundup of the papers and issues gaining traction on social media.Ancient hominin bones made good fodder for debate on social media of late, when researchers suggested a theory about the identity of the Indonesian 'Hobbit'. Scientists also took note of a fast,

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Clarification

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Clarification

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). doi:10.1038/512235g

The Research Highlight 'Brain scans predict TV hits' (Nature512, 8;10.1038/512008c2014) notes that Jacek Dmochowski is at Stanford University; however, the research described was done at the City College of New York.

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Seven days: 15–21 August 2014

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Seven days: 15–21 August 2014

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/512236a

The week in science: Africa’s Ebola problem continues to worsen, the true cost of scientific misconduct in the United States, and Maryam Mirzakhani is first woman to win a Fields Medal.

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Bone technique redrafts prehistory

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Bone technique redrafts prehistory

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/512242a

Author: Ewen Callaway

Carbon-dating improvements show that Neanderthals disappeared from Europe much earlier than thought.

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Lakes under the ice: Antarctica’s secret garden

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Lakes under the ice: Antarctica’s secret garden

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/512244a

Author: Douglas Fox

Samples from a lake hidden under 800 metres of ice contain thousands of microbes and hint at vast ecosystems yet to be discovered.

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Microbiology: Microbiome science needs a healthy dose of scepticism

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Microbiology: Microbiome science needs a healthy dose of scepticism

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). doi:10.1038/512247a

Author: William P. Hanage

To guard against hype, those interpreting research on the body's microscopic communities should ask five questions, says William P. Hanage.

Categories: Literature

History of science: The first scientist

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

History of science: The first scientist

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). doi:10.1038/512250a

Author: Roberto Lo Presti

Roberto Lo Presti applauds a brilliant reappraisal of Aristotle as the father of observational biology.

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Books in brief

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Books in brief

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). doi:10.1038/512251a

Author: Barbara Kiser

As a concept, sustainability is now near-ubiquitous. But is it a “buzzless buzzword”, as environmentalist Bill McKibben has opined? Historian Jeremy Caradonna writes that, on the contrary, this dynamic ethos has plenty of buzz. Predicated on joined-up thinking (such as the idea that society, economy

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Planetary science: Second rock from the Sun

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Planetary science: Second rock from the Sun

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). doi:10.1038/512252a

Author: Andrew P. Ingersoll

Andrew P. Ingersoll relishes a study of scientific discoveries on hot, toxic Venus.

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Non-native species: UK bill could prompt biodiversity loss

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Non-native species: UK bill could prompt biodiversity loss

Nature 512, 7514 (2014). doi:10.1038/512253a

Author: Sarah Durant

The UK government's proposed Infrastructure Bill for England and Wales gives new powers to control or eradicate invasive, non-native species (see go.nature.com/kbkvtt). However, what constitutes such a species needs careful definition to ensure that any use of these powers is beneficial for conservation.The

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