Friday, May 23, 2008

Nature Magazine: Latest issue

Have a look at selected articles from Nature: 22 May 2008; 453 (7194): 427 - 562
* Editorials
- Two symbols, one solution p.427: Saving a handful of photogenic species — or iconic rainforests — is no substitute for a comprehensive plan that deals with climate, economics and the environment together. Full Text PDF (62K)
- The Universe at home p428
The digitization of astronomy is a transformation and a delight for both amateurs and professionals. Full Text PDF (58K)
* News
- Polar bear numbers set to fall p432 Full Text PDF (1,646K)
Climate-change icon gains 'threatened' status from United States.
- Whales are on the rise p433 Full Text PDF (169K)
Humpback population shows signs of recovery.
-Sidelines p435:
Scribbles on the margins of science. Full Text PDF (134K)
- No star left behind p437 Full Text PDF (247K)
An open-source software project could help unify every existing astronomical image into a single data set.
- US plans more primate research p439
HIV and clinical research drive up demand for experiments.
Full Text PDF (91K)
- NOAA chief backs bid for climate-change agency p441:
The chief of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has called for the creation of a National Climate Service to manage and disseminate information about global warming. Full Text PDF (191K)
* Correspondence
- Open-access more harm than good in developing world p450
* Books
- Security in an uncertain world p451: Biological protection systems that have evolved over billions of years could be the key to strengthening national defences against unforeseen threats. Jessica Flack reviews "Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World" Full Text PDF (302K)
- Genetic medicine at the bedside p452 Full Text PDF (160K)
Hugh Y. Rienhoff Jr reviews Heredity and Hope: "The Case for Genetic Screening" by Ruth Schwartz Cowan
* News & Views
- Laser technology: Over the rainbow p459
Many laser diodes provide light in only a limited range of the visible spectrum. A hybrid laser made out of plastic, driven by a high-power light-emitting diode, looks to offer a more flexible approach.
- Cell biology: Two hands for degradation p460
Living cells must do away with regulatory proteins that are not needed. News comes of a considerable advance in understanding how the main agent of destruction, the proteasome, catches its targets.
- Biophysics: Cells get in shape for a crawl p461
A cell's shape changes as it moves along a surface. The forward-thinking cytoskeletal elements are all for progress, but the conservative cell membrane keeps them under control by physically opposing their movement.
- Astronomy: Supernova bursts onto the scene p462
The stellar explosions known as supernovae are spectacular but common cosmic events. A satellite telescope's chance observation of a burst of X-ray light might be the first record of a supernova's earliest minutes.
- Structural biology: Snapshots of DNA repair p463
In recombinational DNA repair, nearly identical sequences in chromosomes are found and swapped. Structures of the RecA–DNA complexes involved provide insight into the mechanism and energetics of this universal process.
- Cell biology: Viruses in camouflage p466
The vaccinia virus acts like a Trojan Horse to enter its host cells: it envelops itself in the membrane of a dying cell, and is then taken up by healthy cells.
* Articles
- An extremely luminous X-ray outburst at the birth of a supernova p469
- Mechanism of shape determination in motile cells p475
- Proteasome subunit Rpn13 is a novel ubiquitin receptor p481
- Mechanism of homologous recombination from the RecA–ssDNA/dsDNA structures p489
* Letters
- Seismogenic lavas and explosive eruption forecasting p507
- Evidence for seismogenic fracture of silicic magma p511
- A stem batrachian from the Early Permian of Texas and the origin of frogs and salamanders p515
- The ground state of embryonic stem cell self-renewal p519
- Transcriptome-wide noise controls lineage choice in mammalian progenitor cells p544
- A novel route for ATP acquisition by the remnant mitochondria of Encephalitozoon cuniculi p553
* Naturejobs
- Upping student numbers and diversity p560
Undergraduate research awardees emphasize diversity.
Full Text PDF (72K)

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