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Astronomy: Tiny asteroid in sights for capture

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Astronomy: Tiny asteroid in sights for capture

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). doi:10.1038/511009c

Astronomers have identified an asteroid small enough to be potentially suitable for NASA's mission to capture such a body.NASA plans to use a robotic spacecraft to either net a small asteroid or grab a rock off a larger one, before dragging the body into

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Environmental science: Less plastic in sea than expected

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Environmental science: Less plastic in sea than expected

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). doi:10.1038/511009d

The amount of plastic floating in the world's oceans is between 6,000 and 31,000 tonnes — an estimate that is much less than expected given current plastic-production levels.Andrés Cózar at the University of Cadiz in Puerto Real, Spain, and his colleagues studied more than

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Materials: Self-folding device grabs single cells

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Materials: Self-folding device grabs single cells

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). doi:10.1038/511009e

Tiny silicon-based grippers that can capture single cells using their self-folding arms could be useful in biological assays.David Gracias at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and his colleagues made their grabbing devices (pictured) out of the biocompatible materials silicon monoxide

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Sanger's legacy stirs up digital chatter

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Sanger's legacy stirs up digital chatter

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). doi:10.1038/511009f

Author: Chris Woolston

Nature's roundup of the papers and issues gaining traction on social media.Social media has been tackling some deep questions, starting with a thought problem: would a certain two-time Nobel laureate have trouble landing a grant today? Researchers also pondered the future of

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Seven days: 27 June–3 July 2014

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Seven days: 27 June–3 July 2014

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/511010a

The week in science: Retracted GM study republished; Mars landing gear passes first test; and UK public votes for antibiotics research in Longitude Prize.

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Electroceuticals spark interest

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Electroceuticals spark interest

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/511018a

Author: Sara Reardon

Industry and academia invest in treating diseases by delivering electrical charges to nerves.

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Stem cells: Hope on the line

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Stem cells: Hope on the line

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/511019a

Author: Erika Check Hayden

A decade ago, voters in California changed the biomedical research landscape by directly funding embryonic stem-cell research. Now the organization they created needs a hit to survive.

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Astronomy: Planets in chaos

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Astronomy: Planets in chaos

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/511022a

Author: Ann Finkbeiner

The discovery of thousands of star systems wildly different from our own has demolished ideas about how planets form. Astronomers are searching for a whole new theory.

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Women in science: A temporary liberation

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Women in science: A temporary liberation

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). doi:10.1038/511025a

Author: Patricia Fara

The First World War ushered women into laboratories and factories. In Britain, it may have won them the vote, argues Patricia Fara, but not the battle for equality.

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Military technology: Science in the trenches

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Military technology: Science in the trenches

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). doi:10.1038/511028a

Author: David Edgerton

David Edgerton applauds a study of a scientific elite whose impact spanned two world wars.

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Science of colour: Hue and eye

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Science of colour: Hue and eye

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). doi:10.1038/511029a

Author: Barbara Kiser

Barbara Kiser revels in an immersive show revealing the scientific base coat to 700 years of European art.

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Alternative fuels: Brazil promotes aviation biofuels

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Alternative fuels: Brazil promotes aviation biofuels

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). doi:10.1038/511031a

Authors: Éder Cristian Malta de Lanes, Paulo Mafra de Almeida Costa & Sérgio Yoshimitsu Motoike

The drive to produce biofuels that are suitable for aviation is starting to look promising (see go.nature.com/ujv5ne). For instance, the state government of Minas Gerais in Brazil has put in place policies to stimulate the cultivation, extraction and processing of the native macaw palm

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Funding: Reassess Chinese research awards

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Funding: Reassess Chinese research awards

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). doi:10.1038/511031b

Authors: Yuan-Feng Wang & Hui-Bing Xie

China's research-award system needs reform if it is to encourage future advances in science and technology. We believe that a move away from current government schemes — which mainly recognize large technological projects — towards non-governmental awards for individual researchers would boost academic competition and

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Cookstoves: clean up fuel on two fronts

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Cookstoves: clean up fuel on two fronts

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). doi:10.1038/511031c

Author: Kirk R. Smith

Contrary to the impression you convey (see Nature509, 533; 10.1038/509533b2014) biomass-burning cooking technology is advancing steadily. Stoves are now more efficient and emit much less smoke, and will remain popular as long as users can access biomass, such as wood

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Cookstoves: a design popular in Peru

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Cookstoves: a design popular in Peru

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). doi:10.1038/511031d

Authors: Kaysara Khatun & Brenton Ladd

Conversion to clean-energy fuel is a priority for cooking among Peru's rural communities. This is for two reasons: because of the adverse health effects of indoor smoke from biomass-burning stoves (see Nature509, 548–551; 10.1038/509548a2014) and because using tropical

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Awards: Longitude Prize now an objective decision

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Awards: Longitude Prize now an objective decision

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). doi:10.1038/511031e

Author: Carl G. Ribbing

Martin Rees writes that John Harrison “came closest to receiving the reward money” offered in the 1714 Longitude Act (Nature509, 401; 10.1038/509401a2014). This description conceals a long and painful battle between astronomers and those who argued that Harrison should

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Media consulting: Entertaining science

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Media consulting: Entertaining science

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). doi:10.1038/nj7507-113a

Author: Paul Smaglik

Scientific advisers for films and television help to bring credibility to the screen — and take some tangible and intangible benefits back to the lab.

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Gender: Perception differences

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Gender: Perception differences

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). doi:10.1038/nj7507-115a

Negative self-bias taints female managers' self-rating, finds study.

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Funding: Irish entrepreneurs

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Funding: Irish entrepreneurs

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). doi:10.1038/nj7507-115b

Irish businesses and non-profit organizations welcome researchers in launch of industrial PhD programme.

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Universities: China's rankings rising

Nature - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00

Universities: China's rankings rising

Nature 511, 7507 (2014). doi:10.1038/nj7507-115c

China's research spending is helping the nation to catch up with Japan in terms of elite universities.

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