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  • Seven days: 17–23 October 2014

    21 October 2014, 8:00 pm

    The week in science: Snail discovery revives publishing spat; proposed nuclear-waste site passes key US safety evaluation; and biopharmaceutical firm AbbVie cools on US$54-billion takeover deal.
  • US suspends risky disease research

    21 October 2014, 8:00 pm by: Sara Reardon

    Government to cease funding gain-of-function studies that make viruses more dangerous, pending a safety assessment.
  • Heavy comet traffic around young star

    21 October 2014, 8:00 pm by: Elizabeth Gibney

    Environment of β Pictoris echoes Solar System’s turbulent early years.
  • Oldest-known human genome sequenced

    21 October 2014, 8:00 pm by: Ewen Callaway

    DNA shows a group of modern humans roamed across Asia.
  • The discovery of Homo floresiensis: Tales of the hobbit

    21 October 2014, 8:00 pm by: Ewen Callaway

    In 2004, researchers announced the discovery of Homo floresiensis , a small relative of modern humans that lived as recently as 18,000 years ago. The ‘hobbit’ is now considered the most important hominin fossil in a generation. Here, the scientists…
  • Data bank struggles as protein imaging ups its game

    21 October 2014, 8:00 pm by: Ewen Callaway

    Hybrid methods to solve structures of molecular machines create a storage headache.
  • Fossils reveal 'beer-bellied' dinosaur

    21 October 2014, 8:00 pm by: Sid Perkins

    Waddling Deinocheirus was almost as big as a Tyrannosaurus rex.
  • Hobbit mystery endures a decade on

    21 October 2014, 8:00 pm by: Ewen Callaway

    Four scientists recall the discovery of Homo floresiensis and discuss the still-open question of its place in human evolution.
  • Sun’s stroke keeps Kepler online

    20 October 2014, 8:00 pm by: Mark Zastrow

    Space telescope beats mechanical failures to begin a second mission that will trace new celestial targets.
  • The invisible extinction

    20 October 2014, 8:00 pm by: Alexandra Witze

    A palaeontologist wonders whether the future fossil record will preserve evidence of animals that vanish today.
  • US midterm elections offer little hope for science

    20 October 2014, 8:00 pm by: Lauren Morello

    November vote is unlikely to break a political stalemate that has squeezed research funding.
  • Stormy outlook for long-term ecology studies

    20 October 2014, 8:00 pm by: Tim Birkhead

    The closure of a 40-year project to understand and protect seabirds shows the false priorities of funders, warns Tim Birkhead.
  • Human-subjects research: The ethics squad

    20 October 2014, 8:00 pm by: Elie Dolgin

    Bioethicists are setting up consultancies for research — but some scientists question whether they are needed.
  • Comet buzzes Mars

    19 October 2014, 8:00 pm by: Alexandra Witze

    Mars orbiters emerge unscathed from planet's close encounter with comet Siding Spring.
  • Italian seismologists fight to overturn convictions

    19 October 2014, 8:00 pm by: Nicola Nosengo

    Six scientists and one official contend that they never reassured the public before deadly 2009 L'Aquila quake.

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