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Vol 517, No 7532, Januar 2015, Sands of Titan

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Editorials     Time for the social sciences     Governments that want the natural sciences to deliver more for society need to show greater commitment towards the social sciences and humanities. World View     The rising pressure of global water shortages     Water is becoming more scarce as populations increase, potentially leading to conflict. The age of hydro-diplomacy is upon us, says Jan Eliasson. Nicaragua defies canal protests No Alt text available for this image Scientists call for independent environmental assessment.     Lucas Laursen Planet hunters plot course for habitable worlds No Alt text available for this image Researchers aim to set aside differences in search for life on distant spheres.     Alexandra Witze Ebola raises profile of blood-based therapy No Alt text available for this image Convalescent plasma therapy is trialled to fight Ebola, but could also be used for new and emerging pathogens.     Declan Butler What to expect in 2015 No Alt text available for this im...

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Vol. 511, No. 7510, Juli 2014

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This Week Editorials Top     The wrong kind of carbon cut     The repeal of Australia’s carbon-pricing scheme — the first time a nation has reversed action on climate change — sets a worrying example for other countries mulling steps to reduce emissions.     Fusion furore     Soaring construction costs for ITER are jeopardizing alternative fusion projects.     A fate sealed     Exploring how species adapt to climate change requires long-term studies, not snapshots. World View Top     Chile needs better science governance and support     Its scientists have much to offer the world, but are being held back by scattered administration and     Delegates mourn MH17 passengers     No Alt text available for this image     AIDS conference tries to draw inspiration from lost scientists.         Katia Moskvitch &         Edward Susman     Anger as Australia ...

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Vol 511, No. 7508, Juli 2014

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comment     Non-communicable diseases: Healthy living needs global governance     Lawrence O. Gostin calls for action on nutrition, pollution and the built environment to curb non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cancer.     History: Fifty years of EMBO     Georgina Ferry reflects on the evolution of the European Molecular Biology Organization, founded to help Europe to compete with the United States.     Summer books     As the wild blue yonder beckons and labs and classrooms empty, Nature's regular reviewers share their holiday reads.     Summer books     Review Top     Metabolism of stromal and immune cells in health and disease         Bart Ghesquière,         Brian W. Wong,         Anna Kuchnio &         Peter Carmeliet     This Review discusses stromal and immune cell metabolism and its implications for health and di...

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Vol 511, No. 7509, Juli 2014, Inside Jupiter

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    Struggle for independence     The faculty of the Scripps Research Institute is bucking a national trend with its refusal to merge with the University of Southern California.     Within reach     A redoubling of efforts should swiftly eradicate polio from its last strongholds.     Food for thought     Researchers investigating different farming practices should not have to pick sides. World View Top     Misjudgements will drive social trials underground     A Facebook study that manipulated news feeds was not definitively unethical and offered valuable insight into social behaviour, says Michelle Meyer. Research Highlights Top     Agriculture: Global warming could hurt crops     Planetary science: Titan's sea is super salty     Cancer: Roving tumour cells tracked down     Ecology: Ocean reserves miss key target     Neurodegeneration: Antibodies fight Parkinson's     Applied physics: Phone powers electronic la...

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Vol 510, No. 7506, Juni, 2014, Resistance Fighter

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comment     Energy: Consider the global impacts of oil pipelines     Debates over oil-sands infrastructure obscure a broken policy process that overlooks broad climate, energy and environment issues, warn Wendy J. Palen and colleagues.     Physics: Bell’s theorem still reverberates     Fifty years ago, John Bell made metaphysics testable, but quantum scientists still dispute the implications. Howard Wiseman proposes a way forward. Bibliometrics: The citation game Jonathan Adams takes the measure of the uses and misuses of scholarly impact.     Review of Beyond Bibliometrics: Harnessing Multidimensional Indicators of Scholarly Impact     Eds Blaise Cronin & Cassidy R. Sugimoto Space science: Lunar star Roger D. Launius is perplexed by a biography of Neil Armstrong that profiles the missions, not the man.     Review of Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight     Jay Barbree     Forum     Nuclear-weapons dismantlement: Identifying a hidden warhead      ...

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Vol 510, No. 7505, Juni, Water Cooled

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comment     Stem cells: Taking a stand against pseudoscience     Elena Cattaneo and Gilberto Corbellini are among the academics working to protect patients from questionable stem-cell therapies. Here, they share their experiences and opinions of the long, hard fight for evidence to prevail.     Regulation: Sell help not hope     Stem cells are being used as a wedge in calls to allow unproven medical interventions onto the market, warn Paolo Bianco and Douglas Sipp. Books and Arts Top     Evolution: The complexity chronicles     Nancy Moran enjoys a treatise on symbiosis — the intimate association of species that transformed life and Earth.         Review of One Plus One Equals One: Symbiosis and the Evolution of Complex Life         John Archibald Articles Top     Contextuality supplies the ‘magic’ for quantum computation         Mark Howard,         Joel Wallman, &nb...

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Vol 512, No. 7514, August, Early Adapters

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    Biogeochemistry: Microbes eat rock under ice         Martyn Tranter     See also             Letter by Christner et al.     Developmental biology: It takes muscle to make blood cells         Suphansa Sawamiphak &         Didier Y. R. Stainier     See also             Letter by Nguyen et al.     See also             Letter by Kobayashi et al.     Earth science: Warning signs of the Iquique earthquake         Roland Bürgmann     See also             Letter by Hayes et al.     See also             Letter by Schurr et al.     Palaeoanthropology: The time of the ...

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Vol 512, No 7513, August, The Cop9 Signalosome

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    Society: Don't blame the mothers     Careless discussion of epigenetic research on how early life affects health across generations could harm women, warn Sarah S. Richardson and colleagues. Books and Arts Top     History of engineering: Wonder maker     Andrew Robinson delves into a study inspired by James Watt's fascinating workshop.         Review of James Watt: Making the World Anew         Ben Russell     Books in brief     Barbara Kiser reviews five of the week’s best science picks.     Neuroscience: What females really want         Leslie C. Griffith     Solar system: Sandcastles in space         Daniel J. Scheeres     See also             Letter by Rozitis et al.     Ageing: Old blood stem cells feel the stress         Jiri Ba...

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Vol 512, No. 7512, August 2014, Growth Factor

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    Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science     Mahlon C. Kennicutt II, Steven L. Chown and colleagues outline the most pressing questions in southern polar research, and call for greater collaboration and environmental protection in the region. Books and Arts Top     Culture: Artistic alchemy     Philip Ball unveils the scientific iconography in Albrecht Dürer's enigmatic engraving Melencolia I.     Bias towards large genes in autism         Shahar Shohat &         Sagiv Shifman     Zylka et al. reply         Mark J. Zylka,         Ben D. Philpot &         Ian F. King     Materials chemistry: Seeds of selective nanotube growth         James M. Tour     See also             Letter by Sanchez-Valencia et al. ...

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Vol 511, No. 7511, Juli 2014, The Road Most Taken

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    Public health: A sustainable plan for China's drinking water     Tackling pollution and using different grades of water for different tasks is more efficient than making all water potable, say Tao Tao and Kunlun Xin.     Diversity: Energy studies need social science     A broader pool of expertise is needed to understand how human behaviour affects energy demand and the uptake of technologies, says Benjamin K. Sovacool. Neuroscience: Looking-glass wars Patricia Smith Churchland welcomes a critique of the mirror-neuron theory linking brain and behaviour.     Review of The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition     Gregory Hickok Palaeoclimate science: Causes and effects of Antarctic ice     Dan Lunt See also         Letter by Goldner et al. HIV: The mixed blessing of interferon     Amalio Telenti See also         Letter by Sandler et al. Quantum physics: The path most travelle...

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Vol 509, No. 7498, Mai 2014, Checks and Balances

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    Agriculture: Engage farmers in research     A new wave of small-scale agricultural innovation will boost yields and protect the planet, contend Tom MacMillan and Tim G. Benton.     Policy: Regulate embryos made for research     As technical barriers fall, the United States should adapt existing measures to govern the generation of human embryos for research, says Insoo Hyun. Science biography: A voyage round Newton Mordechai Feingold savours a study on how the fitful release of the scientist's papers shaped his reputation.     Review of The Newton Papers: The Strange and True Odyssey of Isaac Newton's Manuscripts     Sarah Dry Space policy: A clearer final frontier David Southwood finds that a study on safeguarding space is shorter on cooperation than conflict.     Review of Crowded Orbits: Conflict and Cooperation in Space     James Clay Moltz     Ecology: Drought in the Congo Basin         Jeffrey Q. Chambers &       &nb...

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Vol 509, No. 7499, Mai 2014, Beyond Divisions

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    Synthetic biology: How best to build a cell     Experts weigh in on the biggest obstacles in synthetic biology — from names to knowledge gaps — and what it will take to overcome them.     Society: Realizing China's urban dream     Local implementation and public scrutiny will make or break the government's urbanization strategy, say Xuemei Bai, Peijun Shi and Yansui Liu. Books and Arts Top     Developmental biology: Life in flux     Renee Reijo Pera enjoys a treatise tracking the rise of embryology, from Aristotle to cloning and beyond.         Review of Embryos Under the Microscope: The Diverging Meanings of Life         Jane Maienschein     Q&A: Canopy composer     Sound artist Daniel Jones creates self-generating artworks based on human and natural patterns and processes. As he prepares to travel through four UK forests with the installation Living Symphonies, a collaboration with artist James Bulley, he talks about music that...

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Vol 514, No. 7520, Oktober 2014, Rifting on the Moon

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    Resources: Curb vast water use in central Asia     Irrigation-intensive industries in former Soviet republics have sucked water bodies dry. Olli Varis calls for economic reform to ease environmental and social tensions.     Climate policy: Ditch the 2 °C warming goal     Average global temperature is not a good indicator of planetary health. Track a range of vital signs instead, urge David G. Victor and Charles F. Kennel. Computing history: Geeks, Inc. Jennifer Light enjoys a chronicle of the collaborations that conjured the digital realm.     Review of The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution     Walter Isaacson Books in brief Barbara Kiser reviews five of the week's best science picks. Genetics: The neighbourly nature of evolution Mark Pagel relishes an analysis of how natural selection riffles through life's immense genetic library.     Review of Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle     Inhibition of demethylases b...

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Vol 508, No. 7497, April 2014, Reasons for Y

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    Medical genomics: Gather and use genetic data in health care     Research into how genetic variants can guide successful treatments must become part of routine medical practice and records, says Geoffrey Ginsburg. Books and Arts Top     Natural history: A scientist's eye     Beatrix Potter's meticulous artistry served mycology and entomology as well as children's fiction, reveals Linda Lear.     Medicine: The commodified body     Scott Carney assesses a study of banked human blood, sperm and milk.         Review of Banking on the Body: The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in Modern America         Kara W. Swanson     Climate science: Stratospheric folly     Tim Kruger examines an argument against injecting aerosols into the atmosphere to counter climate change.         Review of Can Science Fix Climate Change? A Case Against Climate Engineering         Mike Hulme &nbs...

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Vol 515, No. 7526, November 2014, The Great Depression

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    Mental health: Depression needs large human-genetics studies     To understand the molecular mechanisms of depression, collect genetic data from more than 100,000 people, says Steven Hyman.     Infectious disease: Tough choices to reduce Ebola transmission     Christopher J. M. Whitty and colleagues explain why the United Kingdom is funding many small community centres to isolate suspected cases in Sierra Leone.     Film: Enigma variations     Robert P. Crease ponders a brace of biopics on Alan Turing and Stephen Hawking.         Review of The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything         Morten Tyldum & James Marsh     Q&A: Space-time visionary     Thanks to theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, real science is embedded in Christopher Nolan's film Interstellar, in which explorers seek a new home for humankind. Thorne talks about what he learned from the film's unprecedented visualizations of black holes and wormholes, what it and his accompanyi...

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