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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.
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Critics of the European Human Brain Project were justified, says an independent report on the project. Both its governance and its scientific direction need to be adjusted.

The UK research assessment should inspire everybody to reward excellent societal impacts.

The next few years will see NASA missions probe the innermost secrets of gas giants.

The common fear is that intelligent machines will turn against humans. But who will save the robots from each other, and from us, asks Hutan Ashrafian.

Mudskipper fish (Periophthalmus barbarus; pictured) use water bubbles as a 'tongue' to feed on land. The finding hints at how other animals might have evolved tongues as they made the transition from aquatic to terrestrial life.Krijn Michel at the University of Antwerp

Stem cells may be useful for treating type 2 diabetes, according to a study in mice.Insulin-producing cells derived from human embryonic stem cells reduce blood sugar levels in mice with type 1 diabetes, but it was unclear whether the approach would work for type

Cancerous white blood cells from people with a form of leukaemia have been reprogrammed into immune cells that do not cause the disease in animals.Immature immune cells called B cells cannot develop fully in people with precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (B-ALL). Ravindra Majeti

A technique could pave the way for imaging electron behaviour as chemical reactions happen.Many reactions are governed by the behaviour of electrons in excited orbital states, but these states are difficult to capture because they last only a few picoseconds (10−12 seconds).

An asteroid-sized rock orbiting between Saturn and Uranus may have a system of rings.Amanda Bosh of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and her team observed the minor planet 2060 Chiron passing in front of a star, using NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility on

Researchers have sped up one approach to three-dimensional (3D) printing so that objects are produced in minutes instead of hours.One method of 3D printing involves shining ultraviolet rays up into a bath of liquid resin. The light solidifies the resin and the partial product

Drug-resistant bacteria may hide out in homes for many years before causing disease.In the 1990s, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) moved out of hospitals in North America and started circulating in the community, causing skin and other infections. A team led by Michael David

Invasive pythons have been blamed for the decline of many mammals in a protected area in Florida. Now, Robert McCleery of the University of Florida in Gainesville and his team have found evidence for that claim.Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) invaded Florida's

Warming and cooling trends in the equatorial Pacific Ocean affect the frequency of tornadoes (pictured) in parts of the United States.John Allen of Columbia University in New York and his colleagues focused on environmental indices (such as wind shear) that are linked

Panel discussion about the shortcomings of science sparks chatter about possible remedies.

The week in science: Pitcairn islands to gain massive marine reserve; US sets rules on fracking; and the head of Japan’s RIKEN Institute quits.

Nature watches a porcine autopsy that will help create a powerful animal model of diabetes.

Ten-year US-led project seeks to plug gaps in global-warming simulations.

Encrypted analysis of data in the cloud would allow secure access to sensitive information.

Early data from Dawn spacecraft bring scientists closer to clearing up mystery about dwarf planet.

US funding agencies are turning to a Silicon Valley entrepreneur to focus fledgling biomedical companies on success — even when that means making a scientific course correction.

Support resilience and promote carbon storage, say Silvano Fares and colleagues.

Heritable human genetic modifications pose serious risks, and the therapeutic benefits are tenuous, warn Edward Lanphier, Fyodor Urnov and colleagues.

Henry Nicholls savours the posthumous autobiography of the pioneering conservationist Alison Jolly.

Daniel Cressey reviews five of the week's best science picks.

Privacy issues around data protection often inspire over-engineered responses from scientists and technologists. Yet constraints on the use of personal data mean that privacy is less about what is done with information than what is not done with it. Technology such as new algorithms may

The Philippine government learned from shortcomings in the preparations for Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 (see R.Lejanoet al. Nature518, 35;10.1038/518035a2015, and A. M. F.Lagmayet al. Int. J. Disaster Risk Reduct.11, 1–

The Africa Science Leadership Program, launched on 2 March, is the first of its kind in the developing world (see www.up.ac.za/aslp). It will train researchers to lead complex scientific initiatives across disciplines and sectors, helping them to compete in global knowledge production.A handful

Nature's Correspondence items are reviewed only by the editors (see go.nature.com/cmchno). To investigate whether editorial bias towards internationally renowned correspondents might be at play in selecting candidates for publication, we analysed the scientific status of Correspondence authors published in 2014.We used the

Technical staff are crucial to the smooth running of a research laboratory (see Nature517, 528;10.1038/517528a2015). As largely unsung heroes, they warrant rewards beyond praise and salary increases.A senior technician's duties cover, among other functions, safety, finance, ordering and

Centralized laboratories offer an alternative for researchers with a predilection for the latest technology.

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Materials researchers are taking cues from specific plants and animals that make substances that could endow humans with superhero powers.

The sturdy, stretchy, sticky silks spun by spiders have inspired engineers to design pioneering medical devices such as artificial tendons and corneas.

Characteristics adapted from lizards, ivy and other natural materials could help to engineer everyday objects with remarkable properties.

Bioinspired fibres and coatings that can repel water, oil and other liquids form the basis of cutting-edge cloth.

The mechanism used by mussels to stick to slippery rocks is the idea behind glue that could mend broken bones.

Researchers are borrowing tricks from armadillo shells and mother-of-pearl to create replacements for human bone and to develop a new generation of protective clothing.

Miniature versions of hearts, lungs and other organs are heralding a bright future for drug research and discovery.

Wanted: biomaterials for a risky journey. Giovanni Traverso and Robert Langer explain the gastrointestinal frontier.

In the Comment 'Put people at the centre of global risk management' (Nature519, 151–153; 2015 ), the credit for the lead picture should have read Abbie Trayler-Smith/Panos Pictures.

In the print version of the Outlook article 'The toxic side of rice' (Nature514, S62–S63;10.1038/514S62a2014), reference 3 originally cited the wrong study. It has now been corrected online.

Blockade of the enzyme PDE9 prevents degradation of the molecule cyclic GMP, which has been shown to protect against heart failure. The finding indicates that PDE9 inhibition might be a drug target for treating this condition. See Letter p.472

Films of ice less than 1 nanometre thick, sandwiched between sheets of graphene, have been observed to adopt a square lattice structure quite different from the widely occurring hexagonal structure of bulk ice. See Letter p.443

Genetically identical cells can have many variable properties. A study of correlations between cells in a lineage explains paradoxical inheritance laws, in which mother and daughter cells seem less similar than cousins. See Article p.431

The ecological success of the migratory brown planthopper (Nilaparvata lugens; pictured), a rice pest, depends on its ability to develop into two different forms in response to environmental cues. On page 464 of this issue, Xu et al. show that, during

Analysis of the interaction between a photon and an ensemble of some 3,000 atoms trapped between two mirrors has revealed a form of multi-atom quantum entanglement that has no counterpart in classical mechanics. See Letter p.439

50 Years Ago'Detection in Denmark of the Sinkiang nuclear detonation' — Measurements of fission products in air at ground level are made regularly in Copenhagen using a high-volume air sampler and a 100-channel γ-spectrometer. A filter exposed during the period October 23–26, 1964, gave

Genetically identical cells can have many variable properties. A study of correlations between cells in a lineage explains paradoxical inheritance laws, in which mother and daughter cells seem less similar than cousins. See Letter p.468

Astronomical observations of a luminous galaxy that has a central, mass-accreting supermassive black hole reveal how such entities launch and propel gas through galaxies at high speeds. See Letter p.436