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.
  • FDA vulnerability revealed
    [Aug 2015]

    FDA vulnerability revealed

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). doi:10.1038/524387a

    A politically charged advisory committee meeting may have tipped the scales in favour of a mildly effective female libido drug.

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  • We must build resilience into our communities
    [Aug 2015]

    We must build resilience into our communities

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/524389a

    Author: Erwann Michel-Kerjan

    Innovative approaches can better equip society to deal with natural disasters and other shocks, says Erwann Michel-Kerjan.

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  • Animal behaviour: Hummingbirds sip using mini pumps
    [Aug 2015]

    Animal behaviour: Hummingbirds sip using mini pumps

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). doi:10.1038/524390a

    Hummingbirds draw nectar into their bills using long tongues that act like tiny pumps.It was long thought that liquid travels passively up the birds' tongues without suction. But Alejandro Rico-Guevara and his colleagues at the University of Connecticut in Storrs found a different mechanism

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  • Chemistry: Better catalyst for carbon conversion
    [Aug 2015]

    Chemistry: Better catalyst for carbon conversion

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). doi:10.1038/524390b

    A porous, crystalline compound can speed up the conversion of carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide in water.Omar Yaghi and Christopher Chang at the University of California, Berkeley, and their colleagues used structures called covalent organic frameworks (COFs) — grid-like arrangements of carbon, nitrogen and

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  • Animal behaviour: Stinging cells help jellyfish to mate
    [Aug 2015]

    Animal behaviour: Stinging cells help jellyfish to mate

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). doi:10.1038/524390c

    Some box jellyfish display elaborate mating behaviours and even use their toxic stinging cells to ensure successful fertilization.Many jellyfish reproduce using external fertilization, but in a few box jellyfish, fertilization can occur internally. In one species (Copula sivickisi; pictured), the male

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  • Astrophysics: Dark-energy search narrows
    [Aug 2015]

    Astrophysics: Dark-energy search narrows

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). doi:10.1038/524390d

    Two groups have tightened the limits on the search for elusive dark matter and dark energy, the mysterious force accelerating the expansion of the Universe.Physicists have proposed that dark energy could come from a 'chameleon' field: a force that would act in the low

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  • Human evolution: Old finger with modern traits
    [Aug 2015]

    Human evolution: Old finger with modern traits

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). doi:10.1038/524391a

    A 1.84-million-year-old finger bone from Tanzania is the oldest known hominin hand bone with human-like features.Ancient human relatives used stone tools 2 million to 3 million years ago, but had hands that were suited to living in trees. A team led by Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo

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  • Atmospheric science: Carbon dioxide levels peak up high
    [Aug 2015]

    Atmospheric science: Carbon dioxide levels peak up high

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). doi:10.1038/524391b

    The carbon dioxide concentration in Earth's upper atmosphere is increasing at more than twice the average rate observed at the surface.Jia Yue of Hampton University in Virginia and his colleagues analysed CO2 measurements at different atmospheric heights and latitudes between 2002 and

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  • Medical microbiology: Lung pathogen evolves in isolation
    [Aug 2015]

    Medical microbiology: Lung pathogen evolves in isolation

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). doi:10.1038/524391c

    Bacteria that infect the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis evolve into different forms in various parts of the lungs.Pradeep Singh at the University of Washington in Seattle and his team dissected the infected lungs of ten people with the disease who were having

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  • Information technology: Suspended rods serve as bits
    [Aug 2015]

    Information technology: Suspended rods serve as bits

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). doi:10.1038/524391d

    Rod-shaped nanoparticles suspended in water can store the zeroes and ones of digital computing on the basis of the rods' physical location.Most digital memories are made of solid matter. But Madhavi Krishnan at the University of Zurich in Switzerland and her colleagues stored bits

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  • Astrophysics: Cosmic neutrinos abound
    [Aug 2015]

    Astrophysics: Cosmic neutrinos abound

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). doi:10.1038/524391e

    Super-high-energy neutrinos from outside the Milky Way pepper Earth from all directions.Neutrinos are created in the Universe's most violent environments and travel through it almost unimpeded, providing a way to study distant astronomical objects. A team at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South

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  • The week in science: 21–27 August 2015
    [Aug 2015]

    The week in science: 21–27 August 2015

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/524392a

    Endangered bird mix-up, methane emission restrictions, and ice lab drifts home

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  • Biohackers gear up for genome editing
    [Aug 2015]

    Biohackers gear up for genome editing

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/524398a

    Author: Heidi Ledford

    Amateurs are ready and able to try the CRISPR technique for rewriting genes.

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  • How cities can beat the heat
    [Aug 2015]

    How cities can beat the heat

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/524402a

    Author: Hannah Hoag

    Rising temperatures are threatening urban areas, but efforts to cool them may not work as planned.

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  • Water and climate: Recognize anthropogenic drought
    [Aug 2015]

    Water and climate: Recognize anthropogenic drought

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). doi:10.1038/524409a

    Authors: Amir AghaKouchak, David Feldman, Martin Hoerling, Travis Huxman & Jay Lund

    California's current extreme drought must be a lesson for managing water in a warmer, more densely populated world, say Amir AghaKouchak and colleagues.

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  • History of science: The crucible of change
    [Aug 2015]

    History of science: The crucible of change

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). doi:10.1038/524412a

    Author: Philip Ball

    Philip Ball gets to grips with a revolutionary history of the scientific revolution.

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  • Digital privacy: Subverting surveillance
    [Aug 2015]

    Digital privacy: Subverting surveillance

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). doi:10.1038/524413a

    Author: Anthony King

    Anthony King tours a playful exhibition that probes covert data collection and tracking.

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  • Science fiction: Cosmology boot camp
    [Aug 2015]

    Science fiction: Cosmology boot camp

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). doi:10.1038/524414a

    Author: John Gilbey

    John Gilbey goes on the road in the US far west to refine the science in his fiction.

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  • Food production: Cut food waste to help feed world
    [Aug 2015]

    Food production: Cut food waste to help feed world

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). doi:10.1038/524415a

    Author: Don Gunasekera

    Climate-proofing farms to help feed the world's expanding population needs to be complemented by global measures to cut food losses and waste (see Nature523, 396–397;10.1038/523396a2015).Roughly one-third of the food produced annually for human consumption — around

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  • Neuroanatomy: Forgotten findings of brain lymphatics
    [Aug 2015]

    Neuroanatomy: Forgotten findings of brain lymphatics

    Nature 524, 7566 (2015). doi:10.1038/524415b

    Authors: Éva Mezey & Miklós Palkovits

    Antoine Louveau and colleagues describe lymphatic vessels in the central nervous system (Nature523, 337–341;10.1038/nature144322015), suggesting that “the unique location of these vessels may have impeded their discovery to date”. However, these findings are not without precedent.

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