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.
  • Natural decline
    [Apr 2014]

    Natural decline

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). doi:10.1038/508007b

    Few biology degrees still feature natural history. Is the naturalist a species in crisis?

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  • Brain waves
    [Apr 2014]

    Brain waves

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). doi:10.1038/508008a

    Above the ‘big neuroscience’ commotion, literature plays its part.

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  • Electronics: Stick-on skin sensor measures motion
    [Apr 2014]

    Electronics: Stick-on skin sensor measures motion

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). doi:10.1038/508010a

    A wearable device as thin as a temporary tattoo can measure, store and transmit data on muscle activity, and release embedded drugs into the wearer's skin.Dae-Hyeong Kim at Seoul National University in South Korea and his colleagues built their device (pictured) by placing stretchable

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  • Neurobiology: Brain map reveals behaviour links
    [Apr 2014]

    Neurobiology: Brain map reveals behaviour links

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). doi:10.1038/508010b

    An “atlas” of the fruit-fly brain is the largest yet to map regions that encode specific behaviours, such as walking backwards.Carey Priebe of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and Marta Zlatic of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn,

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  • Palaeontology: Ancient starfish spotted predators
    [Apr 2014]

    Palaeontology: Ancient starfish spotted predators

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). doi:10.1038/508010c

    Sea stars and some other echinoderms might have had complex visual systems for roughly the past 80 million years.Some existing echinoderms, such as brittle stars, are covered in crystal calcite microlenses that are sensitive to light. To determine the evolutionary history of these structures,

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  • Neuroscience: Why babies live hand to mouth
    [Apr 2014]

    Neuroscience: Why babies live hand to mouth

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). doi:10.1038/508010d

    The reason that newborns put their hands into their mouths is probably because this action is hard-wired into the brain as a basic unit of movement.Angela Sirigu at the French National Centre for Scientific Research in Bron and her colleagues used electrodes to stimulate

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  • Animal behaviour: Whale dives into record books
    [Apr 2014]

    Animal behaviour: Whale dives into record books

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). doi:10.1038/508011a

    A Cuvier's beaked whale has set a new record for the deepest known dive by a mammal, reaching 2,992 metres.Gregory Schorr at the Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, Washington, and his colleagues attached satellite tags to eight Cuvier's beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris)

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  • Cancer genetics: Cancer survives by silencing a gene
    [Apr 2014]

    Cancer genetics: Cancer survives by silencing a gene

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). doi:10.1038/508011b

    Breast cancer can become resistant to treatment by co-opting a gene-silencing mechanism, reports a team led by Steffi Oesterreich at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.The hormone oestrogen, which drives many breast cancers, dampens the activity of the tumour-fighting gene HOXC10, and drugs

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  • Neuroscience: A broken channel in Huntington's
    [Apr 2014]

    Neuroscience: A broken channel in Huntington's

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). doi:10.1038/508011c

    In Huntington's disease, neurons become more excitable and die. Researchers have now found a faulty ion channel in astrocytes, another type of brain cell, that could be contributing to this.Baljit Khakh and Michael Sofroniew at the University of California, Los Angeles, and their colleagues

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  • Agriculture: Cattle tamed by moving and mixing
    [Apr 2014]

    Agriculture: Cattle tamed by moving and mixing

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). doi:10.1038/508011d

    Cattle were domesticated in the Middle East before being brought to Africa by migrating humans some 10,000 years ago.Researchers previously thought that African cattle were domesticated there. To better understand this history, Jared Decker and Jeremy Taylor at the University of Missouri in Columbia

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  • Ecology: Crabs ready for climate change
    [Apr 2014]

    Ecology: Crabs ready for climate change

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). doi:10.1038/508011e

    Cold-blooded animals are especially at risk as the climate warms, but the remarkable temperature tolerance of the European green crab (Carcinus maenas; pictured) bodes well for the animal.Carolyn Tepolt and George Somero at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove,

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  • Ecology: City birds and plants in decline
    [Apr 2014]

    Ecology: City birds and plants in decline

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). doi:10.1038/508011f

    Highly read on Proc. R. Soc. B online in FebruaryMost bird and plant species in cities are native to those areas, but their numbers are rapidly decreasing around the world.Myla Aronson at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and her

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  • Seven days: 28 March–3 April 2014
    [Apr 2014]

    Seven days: 28 March–3 April 2014

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/508012a

    The week in science: Court halts Japanese whaling, misconduct found in controversial stem-cell papers, and a surprising rise in autism diagnoses.

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  • ExoMars scientists narrow down landing sites
    [Apr 2014]

    ExoMars scientists narrow down landing sites

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/508019a

    Author: Elizabeth Gibney

    Facing engineering constraints, researchers propose four destinations for European rover.

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  • El Niño tests forecasters
    [Apr 2014]

    El Niño tests forecasters

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/508020a

    Author: Jeff Tollefson

    As hints emerge of a major weather event this year, poor data could thwart attempts to improve predictions.

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  • Epigenomics starts to make its mark
    [Apr 2014]

    Epigenomics starts to make its mark

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/508022a

    Author: Ewen Callaway

    Analysis of chemical patterns on DNA shows promise for explaining disease, but few results have yet been replicated.

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  • Cancer treatment: The killer within
    [Apr 2014]

    Cancer treatment: The killer within

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/508024a

    Author: Heidi Ledford

    The immune system can be a powerful weapon against cancer — but researchers are still grappling with how to control it.

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  • Human evolution: Fifty years after Homo habilis
    [Apr 2014]

    Human evolution: Fifty years after Homo habilis

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). doi:10.1038/508031a

    Author: Bernard Wood

    Bernard Wood explains why the announcement of 'handy man' in April 1964 threw the field of hominin evolution into a turmoil that continues to this day.

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  • Policy: Free Indian science
    [Apr 2014]

    Policy: Free Indian science

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). doi:10.1038/508036a

    Authors: Mathai Joseph & Andrew Robinson

    As elections begin in India, Mathai Joseph and Andrew Robinson call for an end to the stultifying bureaucracy that has held back the nation's science for decades.

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  • Tudor technology: Shakespeare and science
    [Apr 2014]

    Tudor technology: Shakespeare and science

    Nature 508, 7494 (2014). doi:10.1038/508039a

    Author: Jennifer Rampling

    To mark the 450th anniversary of the bard's birth, Jennifer Rampling probes how mathematics and technology shaped his era.

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