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Tianjin (pictured), a Chinese city of 11 million people not far from Beijing, lies atop a seismic fault that could be overdue for a large earthquake.An Yin of the University of California in Los Angeles and his colleagues analysed modern and historical records of
Researchers have created a light-emitting diode (LED) by three-dimensional (3D) printing of five different materials — expanding the number and type of material that can be printed in this way.This technique involves depositing materials layer by layer until a 3D object is formed. Michael
Ageing termite queens produce new queens asexually by laying eggs without any openings that normally allow sperm to pass through.In termite colonies, queens can reproduce both asexually to generate new queens and sexually to produce other colony members. Toshihisa Yashiro and Kenji Matsuura at
A robotic system that can carry out and analyse 1,536 chemical reactions in less than a day could help to accelerate drug discovery.Tim Cernak and Spencer Dreher at pharmaceutical company Merck in Massachusetts and New Jersey and their colleagues used the system to couple
Parasitic worms release tiny sacs filled with small RNAs that disable immune responses in infected mice.The membrane-bound sacs, or exosomes, sprout from cells and contain proteins and nucleic acids. Amy Buck at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and her team found that the nematode
Changes in Earth's mantle and crust allowed Greenland to accumulate its massive ice sheet over the past few million years.Bernhard Steinberger of the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam and his colleagues used various models to reconstruct past plate-tectonic activity. They found that
The surface pattern on a Blu-ray disc can be used to boost solar-cell performance.Light is absorbed and scattered in unusual ways by nanometre-scale patterns found on iridescent surfaces, such as insect wings, because the patterns are neither completely periodic nor random. They also allow
Disrupting electrical activity in a brain region not directly affected by epilepsy could be a way to control treatment-resistant forms of the disorder.Esther Krook-Magnuson and her colleagues at the University of California, Irvine, mimicked epilepsy in mice by injecting a chemical into the hippocampus,
Seals can home in on acoustic tags routinely attached to fish by marine scientists.These small, sound-emitting devices are often used to track fish populations. Vincent Janik at the University of St Andrews, UK, and his colleagues allowed 10 captive grey seals (Halichoerus grypus
Search engines have revolutionized how scientists find papers — especially articles that have been around for a while. A team of researchers at Google has documented a surge in the citation rate for older papers. The study found that 36% of citations in 2013
Your assertion that models of the Ebola epidemic have failed to project its course misrepresents their aims (see Nature515, 18;10.1038/515018a2014). They helped to inspire and inform the strong international response that may at last be slowing the epidemic (see
Without including social, cultural and behavioural responses to the Ebola epidemic, models may overestimate outbreak size (Nature515, 18;10.1038/515018a2014).Behavioural response, triggered by an epidemic, can slow down or even stop virus transmission (see S.Funket al.
Eminent scholars from around the world last month signed a statement on the 'brain training' industry (see go.nature.com/d2bpuj). They point out discrepancies between current scientific understanding of cognitive enhancement and advertising claims for commercial cognitive-training software. But it should not be inferred that software
Jie Zhang rightly points out that China's universities need high-quality faculty members if they are to be competitive internationally (Nature514, 295–296,10.1038/514295a2014). But there are risks in giving individual colleges and departments more autonomy in recruiting staff.
We agree with Jie Zhang that university reform is needed to improve the quality of Chinese research papers (Nature514, 295–296;10.1038/514295a2014). A home-grown scientist in China might then stand a chance of winning a Nobel prize for
The Rosetta spacecraft's Philae probe, which landed successfully on an orbiting comet on 12 November (see Naturehttp://doi.org/w8k; 2014), could be renamed Pheidippides — for its record-setting marathon run and transmission of its message before collapsing.
People with the inherited bleeding disorder haemophilia lack factors that cause the blood to clot. The disease affects thousands of people around the world and has even played a part in historic events. By Neil Savage.
The Outlook article 'The search for the rice of the future' (Nature514, S60–S61;10.1038/514S60a2014) wrongly stated that a flood-resistant gene was bred into rice by Pamela Ronald. In fact, the breeding was done by David Mackill, Abdelbagi
A study of the El Niño phenomenon over the past 21,000 years suggests that El Niño responded in complex ways to a changing climate, with several competing factors playing a part in its varying strength. See Letter p.550
A newly discovered skull from the Cretaceous period belongs to a mammal that was big, strange and fast-moving. The fossil solves a long-standing mystery, and helps to resolve a controversy about mammalian evolution. See Article p.512
Five papers extend the list of cancers that respond to therapies that restore antitumour immunity by blocking the PD-1 pathway, and characterize those patients who respond best. See Letters p.558, p.563, p.568, p.572 & p.577
A geometric measurement of the distance to a nearby galaxy implies a larger mass for its central black hole than previously calculated, and a consequent increase for most other masses of such black holes. See Letter p.528
An analysis of fruit-fly embryos reveals that receptor proteins of the Toll family direct the oriented cell rearrangements required for the elongation of the head-to-tail axis during development. See Article p.523