Web focuses


Latest biological sciences

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Biological noise

Biological processes, such as protein synthesis or trafficking, undergo random fluctuations — 'noise' — that are often detrimental to reliable information transfer, but can also constitute opportunities for more efficient cellular computations. This web focus highlights the most vibrant research on the biological systems that have evolved to harness or exploit cellular noise, with direct implications for cancer, stem cells, ageing and evolution, as published in Nature over the past ten years.

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Malaria 2010 update

Despite increasing research efforts, malaria remains a significant cause of human mortality. The discovery of new drug and vaccine leads, the implementation of effective control measures in light of a changing world and an understanding of the mechanisms underlying human-parasite and vector-parasite interactions are all required to get a step closer to the ultimate goal of eradicating this disease. In all of these areas, the past year has produced some very interesting new insights that we are proud to present in this focus.


Latest earth and environment

EPICA Dome C: Greenhouse gases over eight glacial cycles

Ice cores are invaluable archives of past environmental conditions on Earth. In 1996, the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA) set out to provide the longest ice-core climate record yet, by drilling a core from 3,270 m thick ice at a site known as Dome C in East Antarctica. The team's findings to date, including a complete Antarctic climate record over the past 800,000 years and atmospheric methane and carbon dioxide records from 650,000 years ago to the present, have significantly advanced our understanding of the Earth's climate over the past eight glacial cycles. Here Nature presents the latest results, the complete records of atmospheric methane and carbon dioxide over the past 800,000 years, along with some of the previous Dome C ice-core papers and a collection of related articles.

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Energy for a cool planet

The world, especially the developing world, needs new sources of energy. What it doesn′t need is any more carbon dioxide, the principal cause of man-made climate change. Reconciling those two requirements is the great technological challenge of our time. In this web focus, Nature has collected a suite of feature articles and associated material focused on new ‘clean energy’ technologies that seek to address this challenge. From mainstream possibilities like the expansion of nuclear power, to more offbeat subjects such as microbial fuel cells, this Nature web focus provides a compelling overview of the energy landscape.


Latest horizons



'Horizons' articles present experts' visions of the foreseeable future of a research theme. The articles are commissioned by Nature's editors, and usually published without peer review, given Nature's intention of capturing a respected individual perspective. The articles are intended to anticipate the future, but also to influence it.


Latest physical sciences

Physical sciences archive

Ozone hole

The discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole, as reported in Nature 25 years ago, was one of the most dramatic scientific findings of modern times. To mark the anniversary, Nature presents the original research paper reporting the considerable decline in springtime atmospheric ozone concentration over Antarctica, along with a new Opinion piece from one of the paper's authors, plus a collection of related articles that have advanced our understanding of the stratosphere and the ozone layer, or told the story of the discovery.

Chemist's choice from News and Views

For informed comment on the hottest papers in the chemical sciences, Nature's News and Views section is the place to look. This selection of recent articles provides a taster of what we have to offer, featuring commentaries from the likes of Stuart Schreiber, Chaitan Khosla and Craig Hill.


Latest science and politics



In World View, Nature's twice-monthly column collected here and launched in November 2009, two seasoned insiders comment on the interaction between science and politics. Daniel Sarewitz, Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes at Arizona State University, writes in the first issue of every month. Colin Macilwain, formerly editor of Research Fortnight/Research Europe and before that news and business editor of Nature, writes in the third issue of each month.

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Meetings That Changed The World

This series covers six scientific meetings that had such a great impact, they can be said to have changed the world. Each piece is written by an expert who attended the conference in question. The authors recall what it was like to live through these momentous occasions, and reflect upon the events' broad and lasting legacies.


Latest science, art and culture

How to write

Five top science book writers offer advice for budding authors in a series of interviews in Nature's Books & Arts section. Peter Atkins reveals the hard work behind a successful textbook; Carl Zimmer highlights how passion is essential for popular science; David Brin reveals how criticism improves his fiction writing; Georgina Ferry shares research tips for biographies; and Joanna Cole explains how to convey science to children.

Being human

Why do we behave in the way that we do? This series of Essays reveals how the latest research is altering our understanding of what it is to be human. Whether in relation to religion or to our collective behaviour in cities, experts explore the potential impact on society, now and in the future, of discoveries in psychology, anthropology, genetics, neuroscience, game theory and network engineering.