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Bees, lies and evidence-based policy Nature.com 

Saving bees is a fashionable cause. Bees are under pressure from disease and habitat loss, but another insidious threat has come to the fore recently. Concern in conservation and scientific circles over a group of agricultural insecticides has now reached the policy arena. Next week,...

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Net gains Nature.com 

The sea is a big place. Most fish are small. So it stands to reason that it is difficult to work out with any degree of accuracy just how many fish live in the sea. One way is to measure how many fish we pull out of it. But is that the best way? Or even an accurate way? In two Comment...

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Eyes and ears Nature.com 

On 15 February, the town of Chelyabinsk in the Russian Ural Mountains had an unexpected visitor. A meteor streaked high above the city, briefly blinded commuters and then shattered thousands of windows with a series of ear-splitting explosions. The event was recorded on mobile phones...

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Vital statistics Nature.com 

Many readers of Nature will take it for granted that they have a birth certificate, and that when they die, their death, and its cause, will be officially recorded, as will their health problems in the intervening years. When aggregated, such data allow researchers to estimate disease...

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Redefine misconduct as distorted reporting Nature.com 

Against an epidemic of false, biased and falsified findings, the scientific community’s defences are weak. Only the most egregious cases of misconduct are discovered and punished. Subtler forms slip through the net, and there is no protection from publication bias. Delegates from...

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Damage control Nature.com 

When officials in New York City began to piece together how Superstorm Sandy had managed to flood the subway last October, they found that the storm had driven a bundle of lumber from a construction site right through a plywood barrier built around one of the entrances to the South...

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Preventive therapy Nature.com 

Last November, a Nevada court convicted two men of fraud for selling ineffective stem-cell treatments to people chronically ill with, among other disorders, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), one of the men, Alfred Sapse,...

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A deal on the horizon Nature.com 

After almost 26 hours of intense debate last week, European leaders have finally agreed on the total European Union (EU) budget for the period 2014–20. Scientists can breathe a sigh of relief — but concerns cannot be dismissed just yet. The deal allocates €125.6 billion (US$168 billion)...

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Genetic privacy needs a more nuanced approach Nature.com 

The US National Institutes of Health has warned that research is at a “crucial juncture”. Bioethicists are fretting. Scientists are anxious. And all because an article in Science last month raised doubts about the privacy of volunteers who hand over their genetic data (M. Gymrek...

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Body of evidence Nature.com 

Headline writers and bloggers dusted off their copies of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare this week to gleefully report the identification of the skeleton of King Richard III, found beneath a car park in the English midlands. The fascination with Richard, the last king of...

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