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Within reach

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Within reach

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). doi:10.1038/511263b

A redoubling of efforts should swiftly eradicate polio from its last strongholds.

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Food for thought

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Food for thought

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). doi:10.1038/511264a

Researchers investigating different farming practices should not have to pick sides.

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Misjudgements will drive social trials underground

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Misjudgements will drive social trials underground

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/511265a

Author: Michelle N. Meyer

A Facebook study that manipulated news feeds was not definitively unethical and offered valuable insight into social behaviour, says Michelle Meyer.

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Agriculture: Global warming could hurt crops

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Agriculture: Global warming could hurt crops

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). doi:10.1038/511266a

The warming climate could put food supplies at risk over the next decade or two.Using various combinations of climate models, David Lobell at Stanford University, California, and Claudia Tebaldi at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, compared expected yields of maize

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Planetary science: Titan's sea is super salty

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Planetary science: Titan's sea is super salty

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). doi:10.1038/511266b

Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has a buried ocean that is saltier than many seas on Earth.Titan, with its thick atmosphere and bodies of surface liquid, is of great interest to scientists looking for life beyond Earth. A team led by Giuseppe Mitri, of the

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Cancer: Roving tumour cells tracked down

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Cancer: Roving tumour cells tracked down

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). doi:10.1038/511266c

Cancer cells in the blood can now be isolated and studied in culture, opening up the possibility of personalizing treatment strategies.Tumours shed small amounts of cancer cells into the bloodstream, but it has been difficult to isolate and grow these cells. Shyamala Maheswaran and

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Ecology: Ocean reserves miss key target

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Ecology: Ocean reserves miss key target

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). doi:10.1038/511266d

Marine reserves may not be protecting the world's most vulnerable reef-fish communities.Marine protected areas exist mainly in regions with a large number of different fish species. Valeriano Parravicini at the Centre for the Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity in Aix-en-Provence, France, and his colleagues

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Neurodegeneration: Antibodies fight Parkinson's

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Neurodegeneration: Antibodies fight Parkinson's

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). doi:10.1038/511267a

Antibodies that target a protein associated with Parkinson's disease reverse some symptoms in a mouse model of the neurodegenerative disorder.In the brains of patients with Parkinson's, the α-synuclein protein clumps together and spreads between cells. Eliezer Masliah at the University of California, San Diego,

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Applied physics: Phone powers electronic label

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Applied physics: Phone powers electronic label

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). doi:10.1038/511267b

A small electronic device that is powered by wireless signals from mobile phones could one day be used to label and connect a wide range of products to the Internet.A team led by Magnus Berggren at Linköping University and Göran Gustafsson at Acreo Swedish

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Vision: Prism of the eye guides light

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Vision: Prism of the eye guides light

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). doi:10.1038/511267c

A group of cells in the retina splits white light and channels specific wavelengths to light sensors to improve daytime vision.Amichai Labin, Ido Perlman and their colleagues at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa used a computer model to study the role

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Virology: What makes HIV fit to spread

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Virology: What makes HIV fit to spread

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). doi:10.1038/511267d

HIV isolated from newly infected people tends to have certain genetic variations that help it to thrive in its new host.When HIV-1 spreads from one heterosexual partner to another, a single viral variant typically takes hold. To determine if these successful viruses share any

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Cognition: Chimp intelligence partly inherited

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Cognition: Chimp intelligence partly inherited

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). doi:10.1038/511267e

Genetics could explain about half of the intelligence of chimpanzees.William Hopkins and his colleagues at Georgia State University in Atlanta used a battery of tests to measure the intelligence of 99 chimpanzees aged 9 to 54 years old. A statistical analysis revealed a correlation

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Bigfoot sighted on Twitter

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Bigfoot sighted on Twitter

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). doi:10.1038/511267f

Author: Chris Woolston

Nature's roundup of the papers and issues gaining traction on social media.Social-media merriment surfaced recently over a peer-reviewed paper investigating supposed evidence of Bigfoot. Other, more-sombre discussions by the science community bubbled up online after a report in the British Medical Journal

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Physics: Wave of the future

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Physics: Wave of the future

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/511278a

Author: Alexandra Witze

After two decades and more than half a billion dollars, LIGO, the world's largest gravitational-wave observatory, is on the verge of a detection. Maybe.

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Weight-loss surgery: A gut-wrenching question

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Weight-loss surgery: A gut-wrenching question

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/511282a

Author: Virginia Hughes

Gastric-bypass surgery can curb obesity as well as diabetes and a slew of other problems. Researchers are now trying to find out how it works.

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Infectious disease: Polio eradication hinges on child health in Pakistan

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Infectious disease: Polio eradication hinges on child health in Pakistan

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). doi:10.1038/511285a

Author: Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta

Boosting basic medical services and routine immunizations — not travel vaccinations — is the key to ending polio worldwide, says Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta.

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Psychological treatments: A call for mental-health science

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Psychological treatments: A call for mental-health science

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). doi:10.1038/511287a

Authors: Emily A. Holmes, Michelle G. Craske & Ann M. Graybiel

Clinicians and neuroscientists must work together to understand and improve psychological treatments, urge Emily A. Holmes, Michelle G. Craske and Ann M. Graybiel.

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History of medicine: Typhus and tyranny

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

History of medicine: Typhus and tyranny

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). doi:10.1038/511291a

Author: Tilli Tansey

Tilli Tansey ponders a turbulent history of vaccine research in Nazi-occupied Europe.

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Policy matters: Editorials should heed social scientists

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Policy matters: Editorials should heed social scientists

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). doi:10.1038/511292a

Author: Marcelino Fuentes

Your Editorials consistently recommend that policy decisions should be backed by sound science, including social science. However, my subjective analysis of a sample of these articles indicates that you do not always follow your own advice.Roughly half of the 141 Editorials you published in

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Careers: Virtual mobility can drive equality

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Careers: Virtual mobility can drive equality

Nature 511, 7509 (2014). doi:10.1038/511292b

Author: Conor O'Carroll

At a EuroScience Open Forum meeting last month, scientists, policy-makers and the public discussed 'virtual mobility'. Could it replace the conventional geographical mobility of early-career researchers between labs? (See also R.GarwoodNature510, 313;10.1038/510313a2014.)The group concluded that

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