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.
  • Telling stories
    [Feb 2015]

    Telling stories

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). doi:10.1038/518137a

    The UK Research Excellence Framework’s focus on impact is a useful reminder of all the ways that science can help society — both economically and by other means.

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  • Spot the difference
    [Feb 2015]

    Spot the difference

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). doi:10.1038/518137b

    The US measles outbreak highlights why most states should reconsider their vaccination rules.

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  • Darwin’s iconic finches join genome club
    [Feb 2015]

    Darwin’s iconic finches join genome club

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/518147a

    Author: Geoff Marsh

    Scientists pinpoint genes behind famous beak variations.

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  • Measles by the numbers: A race to eradication
    [Feb 2015]

    Measles by the numbers: A race to eradication

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/518148a

    Author: Declan Butler

    The US media are abuzz after an outbreak of measles in Disneyland but the disease will keep on popping up until it is wiped out worldwide.

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  • Impact of UK research revealed in 7,000 case studies
    [Feb 2015]

    Impact of UK research revealed in 7,000 case studies

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/518150a

    Author: Richard Van Noorden

    Language analysis reflects how  projects succeeded in unique assessment.

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  • A single light
    [Feb 2015]

    A single light

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). doi:10.1038/518138a

    A year of illumination switches on with a Nature special issue.

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  • And the winner is: not science
    [Feb 2015]

    And the winner is: not science

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/518139a

    Author: Colin Macilwain

    Portrayals of science in the cinema are growing in sophistication — but not exactly at the speed of light, says Colin Macilwain.

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  • Materials: Capsules collect carbon dioxide
    [Feb 2015]

    Materials: Capsules collect carbon dioxide

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). doi:10.1038/518140a

    Microcapsules containing a liquid carbonate solvent could capture carbon dioxide from power plants more efficiently than existing methods.Currently, CO2 is captured at power plants by passing the flue gas over a solution of liquid monoethanolamine. The liquid is corrosive, forms toxic by-products

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  • Chemistry: Nanoparticles stuck on tape
    [Feb 2015]

    Chemistry: Nanoparticles stuck on tape

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). doi:10.1038/518140b

    Researchers have found an easy way to deposit metal nanoparticles on a surface — using sticky tape.Adding nanoparticles to a surface can give it properties such as electrical conductivity. Bartosz Grzybowski at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and his colleagues showed that when commercial

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  • Stem cells: Injected cells fix brain injury
    [Feb 2015]

    Stem cells: Injected cells fix brain injury

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). doi:10.1038/518140c

    Cells derived from human stem cells repair brain damage in irradiated rats, suggesting a possible therapy for survivors of brain cancer.Radiation treatment of brain cancer can impair memory, attention and learning. Viviane Tabar at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and

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  • Ecology: Bee behaviour sees colonies collapse
    [Feb 2015]

    Ecology: Bee behaviour sees colonies collapse

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). doi:10.1038/518140d

    Honeybee colonies could be collapsing because younger bees are flying out to forage, raising their risk of death.Many bee colonies are failing, probably because of parasites, pathogens and pesticides. Bees react to such stressors by foraging at a younger age, so to learn how

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  • Climate change: Aerosols reduce Arctic warming
    [Feb 2015]

    Climate change: Aerosols reduce Arctic warming

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). doi:10.1038/518140e

    Particles suspended in the atmosphere have decreased the amount of warming caused by greenhouse gases in the Arctic, but this could change as future air pollution is reduced.Aerosols have a cooling effect by reflecting sunlight back into space. Mohammad Reza Najafi at the University

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  • Animal behaviour: Chimps learn new calls for food
    [Feb 2015]

    Animal behaviour: Chimps learn new calls for food

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). doi:10.1038/518141a

    Captive chimpanzees learn new grunts from neighbours to refer to foods — the first evidence of such behaviour in non-humans, according to a study.To see whether chimps (pictured) show flexibility in the calls they use to refer to everyday objects, Simon Townsend

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  • Neuroscience: Deep-brain zap for addiction
    [Feb 2015]

    Neuroscience: Deep-brain zap for addiction

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). doi:10.1038/518141b

    An electric current sent deep into the brain, together with a therapeutic drug, can reverse the symptoms of cocaine addiction in mice.Christian Lüscher at the University of Geneva in Switzerland and his colleagues implanted an electrode into the brains of cocaine-addicted mice. Stimulating the

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  • Anthropology: Soggy climates affect language
    [Feb 2015]

    Anthropology: Soggy climates affect language

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). doi:10.1038/518141c

    In warm, moist climates, human languages developed with more complex linguistic tones than did those in colder, drier regions.It is thought that language is not influenced by ecological factors. However, Caleb Everett at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and his colleagues

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  • Evolution: A hint at how hearing evolved
    [Feb 2015]

    Evolution: A hint at how hearing evolved

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). doi:10.1038/518141d

    Early four-legged vertebrates may have been able to hear sounds on land, even though they lacked key ear structures.Christian Christensen at Aarhus University in Denmark and his colleagues studied the hearing of the African lungfish (Protopterus annectens; pictured), the closest living

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  • Seven days: 6–12 February 2015
    [Feb 2015]

    Seven days: 6–12 February 2015

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/518142a

    The week in science: UK’s science academies call for more science spending; US FDA chief resigns; and Japan probe to try for Venus orbit again.

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  • NIH plan to give ageing scientists cash draws scepticism
    [Feb 2015]

    NIH plan to give ageing scientists cash draws scepticism

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/518146a

    Author: Boer Deng

    Agency wants to pay senior biomedical researchers to wind down their labs.

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  • Light fantastic
    [Feb 2015]

    Light fantastic

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/518153a

    Scientists are pushing the properties of light to new extremes. A special issue explores these frontiers.

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  • Optics: Leading lights
    [Feb 2015]

    Optics: Leading lights

    Nature 518, 7538 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/518154a

    Author: Elizabeth Gibney

    Shape it, squeeze it, energize it or tie it into knots. Scientists are taking light to new extremes.

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