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The oldest known pieces of cheese have turned up in the tombs of an early Bronze Age cemetery in Xinjiang, China.Andrej Shevchenko at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany, Changsui Wang at the University of Chinese
Proteins that block cell death and help cells to integrate with blood vessels are crucial in the spread of cancer to the brain.Brain metastasis is often deadly, but most cancer cells that invade the brain die without establishing a tumour. To find ways in
Materials that change colour when pulled or squeezed could form the basis of display screens or sensors. But existing photonic gels, which change colour when deformed, cannot cover the entire rainbow or switch quickly.Now, Jianping Ge at East China Normal University in Shanghai and
Researchers have transferred genes for the production of magnetic nanocrystals from one species of bacteria to another, a step towards making bacterial bioreactors that generate such particles.Dirk Schueler at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, Youming Zhang at the Helmholtz Joint Institute at Shandong University
Salmonella bacteria can escape antibiotics and immune-system attack by hiding inside a host's immune cells.Roland Regoes and Wolf-Dietrich Hardt of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and their colleagues infected mice with Salmonella enterica and then treated the animals with
To reach passing beetles, parasitic worms congregate into towers up to 30 times taller than an individual.Hans-Joachim Knölker at the Dresden University of Technology in Germany, Teymuras Kurzchalia at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, and their team
A by-product of antiquated glass-making processes could find a new lease of life as an optical diffuser.Manufacturers now avoid producing crystals, called devitrite, in their soda–lime–silica glass because they degrade the material's optical qualities. But Haider Butt at the University of Birmingham, UK, and
The unearthing of more than 40 marine mammal fossils (pictured) at a site in Atacama, Chile, has revealed that they probably died en masse in four events due to toxic algae.Nicholas Pyenson of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and his colleagues
Researchers have pinpointed a molecule produced by male goats that activates reproduction in females outside of their normal breeding season.Yukari Takeuchi at the University of Tokyo and her colleagues used a special cap to capture 18 different pheromone molecules emitted from the heads of
Highly read on www.cell.com 27 Jan–26 FebMobile DNA elements activated by environmental or genetic triggers could boost susceptibility to schizophrenia.Tadafumi Kato at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Saitama, Japan, Kazuya Iwamoto at the University of Tokyo and their colleagues found higher
Marine biologist Stephen R. Palumbi and writer Anthony R. Palumbi survey an impressive catch of extreme oceanic species, from the oldest to the deepest-dwelling. They are inspired guides, weaving evolutionary and geological backstories into accounts of wonders such as the exquisite architecture of sharks' teeth.
Materials scientist and engineer Andrea Hamilton at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK, uses chemistry research to conserve the structural and aesthetic integrity of concrete. She talks about dams, nuclear-waste storage and an artwork that explores weathering.
Synthetic ivory can now be crafted to the same diagnostic standards as genuine ivory (see M. E.Simset al. Ethnobiol. Lett.2, 40–44; 2011), and its price in China is only about 14% of that of real ivory.
Robert Costanza and colleagues suggest that it is time to abandon gross domestic product (GDP) as a measure of national success (Nature505, 283–285; 201410.1038/505283a). However, I feel that your choice of an illustration of a signpost to
Robert Costanza and colleagues call for the development of an alternative metric that includes a broader set of information than gross domestic product (GDP) and better reflects human well-being (Nature505, 283–285; 201410.1038/505283a). Improved metrics are needed, but
Your assertion that drug addiction is a brain disease (Nature506, 5; 201410.1038/506005a) is a contentious oversimplification — akin to always blaming a car crash on the car alone.By this analogy, addiction is the car crash and the brain
Irrespective of the animal-rights issues you discuss, we disagree with your one-dimensional view that addiction is a disease, and with your claim that this view is not particularly controversial among scientists (Nature506, 5; 201410.1038/506005a). Neuroscience has been widely documented
The advent of routine childhood vaccination has led to dramatic declines in many contagious diseases in the United States. Maintaining these gains there and spreading these success worldwide is challenge for public health. By Tony Scully.
In the News Feature ‘Smart enough to die?’ (Nature506, 284–286; 2014), it was the Virginia court system, not the US Supreme Court, that changed Daryl Atkins’s sentence to life imprisonment. The Supreme Court also did not mandate that rulings on intellectual
The discovery of crystallographic imperfections known as disclinations in the most profuse mineral in Earth's upper mantle has the potential to solve a problem that has vexed mineral physicists for decades. See Article p.51
An elastic membrane cast around a three-dimensional printed model of a specific heart allows diverse aspects of cardiac function to be monitored and modified, and paves the way to new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.