Nature

Nature is the international weekly journal of science: a magazine style journal that publishes full-length research papers in all disciplines of science, as well as News and Views, reviews, news, features, commentaries, web focuses and more, covering all branches of science and how science impacts upon all aspects of society and life.
  • A little knowledge
    [Oct 2014]

    A little knowledge

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). doi:10.1038/514139b

    The significance of expertise passed on by direct contact— tacit knowledge — is moot.

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  • A call to those who care about Europe’s science
    [Oct 2014]

    A call to those who care about Europe’s science

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/514141a

    Author: Amaya Moro-Martin

    Better collaboration is a laudable goal, but that alone will not be enough to fix the damage caused by Europe’s falling investment, says Amaya Moro-Martin.

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  • Evolution: Oldest ant lover found entombed
    [Oct 2014]

    Evolution: Oldest ant lover found entombed

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). doi:10.1038/514142a

    Insects that embed themselves in ant colonies have existed for nearly as long as their hosts, and some have evolved rapidly, probably in response to ant diversification.Joseph Parker at Columbia University and David Grimaldi from the American Museum of Natural History, both in New

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  • Electronics: Fluid-based sensor bends and twists
    [Oct 2014]

    Electronics: Fluid-based sensor bends and twists

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). doi:10.1038/514142b

    Electronic sensors made using liquids can outperform other flexible devices that have solid components.Most sensors rely on solid metals that form junctions. To render such devices flexible, Ali Javey of the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues developed a way to make a

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  • Genomics: Hundreds of genes for height
    [Oct 2014]

    Genomics: Hundreds of genes for height

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). doi:10.1038/514142c

    One of the largest-ever genome-wide association studies has identified 697 genetic variants for human height — several hundred more than a previous, smaller study.Peter Visscher of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and a team of hundreds of scientists analysed the combined results

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  • Climate change: Ocean warming underestimated
    [Oct 2014]

    Climate change: Ocean warming underestimated

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). doi:10.1038/514142d

    Recent estimates of global temperature rises in the upper ocean may have been too low.Oceans absorb the majority of the heat resulting from global warming. Paul Durack of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and his colleagues used a range of climate models

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  • Geophysics: Mid-depth quakes are risky too
    [Oct 2014]

    Geophysics: Mid-depth quakes are risky too

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). doi:10.1038/514143a

    Earthquakes that originate at intermediate depths are an underappreciated seismic risk, according to a study of a June 2014 earthquake in the western Aleutian Islands off Alaska.The epicentre of the magnitude-7.9 quake was approximately 100 kilometres deep, making the quake the largest in this

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  • Neuroscience: How curiosity enhances learning
    [Oct 2014]

    Neuroscience: How curiosity enhances learning

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). doi:10.1038/514143b

    Curiosity boosts people's ability to learn and retain new information, thanks to key reward and memory centres in the brain.Matthias Gruber and his colleagues at the University of California, Davis asked volunteers to rate their level of curiosity for a series of trivia questions,

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  • Climate science: Plant growth leads to Arctic warming
    [Oct 2014]

    Climate science: Plant growth leads to Arctic warming

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). doi:10.1038/514143c

    Increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is known to boost vegetation cover at high latitudes — and this could accelerate Arctic warming year-round.Grasses and shrubs have a warming effect because plant-covered areas reflect less sunlight than barren surfaces do. Baek-Min Kim at the Korea

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  • Microbial genetics: Gene switch helps bacteria invade
    [Oct 2014]

    Microbial genetics: Gene switch helps bacteria invade

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). doi:10.1038/514143d

    A bacterium that causes pneumonia and other ailments can switch between six different forms by rearranging key genes, allowing the microbe to alter its ability to infect.Streptococcus pneumoniae (pictured) lives harmlessly in the nose but can cause serious infections in some

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  • ‘Riff-raff’ charge draws ire
    [Oct 2014]

    ‘Riff-raff’ charge draws ire

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). doi:10.1038/514143e

    When Steven McKnight, president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), publicly complained in the society's September newsletter about the “riff-raff” that has infiltrated the research world (see go.nature.com/tu4nun), he quickly found himself in the social-media spotlight. He argued that the

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  • Seven days: 3–9 October 2014
    [Oct 2014]

    Seven days: 3–9 October 2014

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/514144a

    The week in sceince: Ebola exported to US and Spain; Italy's health minister rejects controversial stem-cell trial; and tens of thousands of walruses crowd ashore in Alaska.

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  • Australian cuts rile researchers
    [Oct 2014]

    Australian cuts rile researchers

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/514148a

    Author: Daniel Cressey

    Political scorn on top of shrinking funds creates hostility between scientists and Tony Abbott’s government.

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  • Gravity rivals join forces to nail down Big G
    [Oct 2014]

    Gravity rivals join forces to nail down Big G

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/514150a

    Author: Elizabeth Gibney

    Metrologists meet to design the ultimate gravitational-constant experiment.

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  • Marmosets are stars of Japan’s ambitious brain project
    [Oct 2014]

    Marmosets are stars of Japan’s ambitious brain project

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/514151a

    Author: David Cyranoski

    Ten-year brain-mapping effort will use monkeys to study human neural and mental disorders.

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  • Large Hadron Collider: The big reboot
    [Oct 2014]

    Large Hadron Collider: The big reboot

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/514158a

    Author: Matthew Chalmers

    As the Large Hadron Collider prepares to come back to life after a two-year hiatus, physicists are gearing up to go beyond the standard model of particle physics.

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  • Does evolutionary theory need a rethink?
    [Oct 2014]

    Does evolutionary theory need a rethink?

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). doi:10.1038/514161a

    Authors: Kevin Laland, Tobias Uller, Marc Feldman, Kim Sterelny, Gerd B. Müller, Armin Moczek, Eva Jablonka, John Odling-Smee, Gregory A. Wray, Hopi E. Hoekstra, Douglas J. Futuyma, Richard E. Lenski, Trudy F. C. Mackay, Dolph Schluter & Joan E. Strassmann

    Researchers are divided over what processes should be considered fundamental.

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  • Public health: The malaria wars
    [Oct 2014]

    Public health: The malaria wars

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). doi:10.1038/514166a

    Author: Robert Seder

    Robert Seder applauds the chronicle of a secret US wartime project to vanquish the disease.

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  • Gerontology: Ageing more gracefully
    [Oct 2014]

    Gerontology: Ageing more gracefully

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). doi:10.1038/514167a

    Author: Linda Geddes

    Linda Geddes is moved by an insider's take on how doctors and geriatric-care systems are failing old people and the dying.

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  • Satellite data: Beyond sharing Earth observations
    [Oct 2014]

    Satellite data: Beyond sharing Earth observations

    Nature 514, 7521 (2014). doi:10.1038/514168a

    Authors: Linda See, Steffen Fritz & Ian McCallum

    To improve the accuracy of products derived from shared satellite observations of Earth (see M. A.Wulder and N. C.CoopsNature513, 30–31;10.1038/513030a2014), governments and research institutes also need to share calibration and validation data. Such

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