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.
  • Protect and serve
    [Dec 2014]

    Protect and serve

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). doi:10.1038/516144a

    Nations must keep expanding conservation efforts to avoid a biodiversity crisis.

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  • Biodiversity: Life ­– a status report
    [Dec 2014]

    Biodiversity: Life ­– a status report

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/516158a

    Author: Richard Monastersky

    Species are disappearing quickly — but researchers are struggling to assess how bad the problem is.

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  • Room for growth
    [Dec 2014]

    Room for growth

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). doi:10.1038/516143a

    The European Commission’s plans to allow individual countries a veto on the farming of genetically modified crops, although a compromise, should enable the technology to move forward.

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  • Assess the real cost of research assessment
    [Dec 2014]

    Assess the real cost of research assessment

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/516145a

    Author: Peter M. Atkinson

    The Research Excellence Framework keeps UK science sharp, but the process is overly burdensome for institutions, says Peter M. Atkinson.

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  • Animal behaviour: Cockroach night-vision
    [Dec 2014]

    Animal behaviour: Cockroach night-vision

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). doi:10.1038/516146a

    Cockroaches can see in near-darkness thanks to the many light-sensing cells in their eyes that pool a tiny number of light signals over space and time.Matti Weckström and his colleagues at the University of Oulu, Finland, tested the behavioural responses of the American cockroach

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  • Engineering: Smartphones sniff gases
    [Dec 2014]

    Engineering: Smartphones sniff gases

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). doi:10.1038/516146b

    A common technology that enables short-range communication in smartphones could be used to detect airborne chemicals.Near-field communication chips are found in half a billion mobile devices worldwide. They communicate wirelessly with small external tags and are used in contactless payment systems, for instance. A

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  • Molecular evolution: Ancient apes digested ethanol
    [Dec 2014]

    Molecular evolution: Ancient apes digested ethanol

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). doi:10.1038/516146c

    Human ancestors were able to metabolize ethanol 10 million years ago, around the time that they came down from the trees.Matthew Carrigan at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida, and his co-workers analysed the gene encoding the enzyme ADH4, which is made in the

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  • Glaciology: Antarctic ice loss accelerates
    [Dec 2014]

    Glaciology: Antarctic ice loss accelerates

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). doi:10.1038/516146d

    Glaciers flowing into Antarctica's Amundsen Sea are some of the fastest melting on the continent — and in recent years have lost ice at an ever-quicker rate.Different remote-sensing techniques have yielded slightly different estimates for the amount of ice melting from the Amundsen glaciers.

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  • Cryosphere: Melted Antarctic ice may not return
    [Dec 2014]

    Cryosphere: Melted Antarctic ice may not return

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). doi:10.1038/516146e

    The melting of ice around Antarctica as a result of global warming could be irreversible.Jeff Ridley and Helene Hewitt of the UK Met Office's Hadley Centre in Exeter used a global climate model to examine how polar sea ice responds to changing climates. They

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  • Animal behaviour: Electric eel zaps neurons of its prey
    [Dec 2014]

    Animal behaviour: Electric eel zaps neurons of its prey

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). doi:10.1038/516147a

    The electric eel stuns its fish prey by emitting electrical pulses that control parts of the nervous system of its victim.Kenneth Catania at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, studied the behaviour and electrical discharges of an eel (Electrophorus electricus; pictured) when

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  • Immunology: How immune cells search and destroy
    [Dec 2014]

    Immunology: How immune cells search and destroy

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). doi:10.1038/516147b

    To locate the source of an infection, immune cells called neutrophils take directions from local blood cells.Neutrophils are the first responders to an infection, where they produce pathogen-killing compounds. To determine how they home in on infections and other injuries, a team led by

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  • Neuroscience: Injury blunts brain waste disposal
    [Dec 2014]

    Neuroscience: Injury blunts brain waste disposal

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). doi:10.1038/516147c

    Fluid channels in the brain that help to remove waste could be impaired after traumatic injury, promoting cell death.After injury, brain cells release a protein called tau, which accumulates as tangles and is associated with neurodegeneration and dementia. Jeffrey Iliff at the Oregon Health

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  • Animal behaviour: Some bats click wings to navigate
    [Dec 2014]

    Animal behaviour: Some bats click wings to navigate

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). doi:10.1038/516147d

    Some bat species unable to use sonar to sense their environment can instead navigate using echoes from clicking their wings — possibly an early, crude form of echolocation.A team led by Arjan Boonman and Yossi Yovel at Tel Aviv University in Israel studied three

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  • Funders drawn to alternative metrics
    [Dec 2014]

    Funders drawn to alternative metrics

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). doi:10.1038/516147e

    Author: Chris Woolston

    Scientists react online as funding agencies explore new measures of research impact.

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  • Seven days: 5–11 December 2014
    [Dec 2014]

    Seven days: 5–11 December 2014

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/516148a

    The week in science: NASA's Orion flight soars; James Watson's Nobel medal nabs US$4.1 million; and India becomes full partner in Thirty Meter Telescope

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  • Tsunami alerts fail to bridge the ‘last mile’
    [Dec 2014]

    Tsunami alerts fail to bridge the ‘last mile’

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/516151a

    Author: Alexandra Witze

    Ten years after the devastating Sumatra earthquake, warnings for the Indian Ocean go out, but often do not reach the people most at risk.

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  • Immune cells boost cancer survival from months to years
    [Dec 2014]

    Immune cells boost cancer survival from months to years

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/516156a

    Author: Heidi Ledford

    Firms embrace costly immunotherapy to fight intractable leukaemias and lymphomas.

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  • Stem cells: The black box of reprogramming
    [Dec 2014]

    Stem cells: The black box of reprogramming

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/516162a

    Author: David Cyranoski

    Scientists have been reprogramming adult cells into embryonic ones for decades — but they are only now getting to grips with the mechanics.

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  • Microbiology: Ditch the term pathogen
    [Dec 2014]

    Microbiology: Ditch the term pathogen

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). doi:10.1038/516165a

    Authors: Arturo Casadevall & Liise-anne Pirofski

    Disease is as much about the host as it is the infectious agent — the focus on microbes is hindering research into treatments, say Arturo Casadevall and Liise-anne Pirofski.

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  • In retrospect: Elective Affinities
    [Dec 2014]

    In retrospect: Elective Affinities

    Nature 516, 7530 (2014). doi:10.1038/516168a

    Author: Matthew Bell

    Matthew Bell reassesses German polymath Goethe's haunting 'chemical romance'.

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