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Opinion

Tension and relaxation in space-station science p721

Barring accidents, construction of the space station seems inevitable. Obstacles confront those hoping to achieve high-quality research there. There is a continuing need for close monitoring of priorities.

doi:10.1038/35671


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News

Industrial research booms in US, despite job cuts at large labs p723

Colin Macilwain

doi:10.1038/35673


Germany approves DNA tests for visas p723

Burkhardt Roeper

doi:10.1038/35676


Seventh heaven for Australia's optical astronomers p724

Peter Pockley

doi:10.1038/35678


Moscow's 'missing fossils' come under new scrutiny p724

Alison Abbott

doi:10.1038/35681


Clinton picks NSF chief as science adviser p725

Colin Macilwain

doi:10.1038/35683


NIH peer-review revision panel is named p725

Meredith Wadman

doi:10.1038/35687


Gene marker database stirs up debate p726

Meredith Wadman

doi:10.1038/35689


Quebec urged to match supply and demand for science graduates p726

David Spurgeon

doi:10.1038/35692


Tensions grow over access to DNA bank p727

Declan Butler

doi:10.1038/35694


India to challenge Basmati rice 'invention' p728

K. S. Jayaraman

doi:10.1038/35698


'Give us back our mansion,' plead scientists p728

Carl Levitin

doi:10.1038/35701


Call for moratorium on seedbank patents p728

Ehsan Masood

doi:10.1038/35703


A degree of success for MRes courses p729

Ehsan Masood

doi:10.1038/35705


Spain lifts block on Framework funds p729

Alison Abbott

doi:10.1038/35708


News in Brief p730

doi:10.1038/35710


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Briefings

Science struggles to gain respect on the space station p732

Although much has been made of the value of the international space station to science, many researchers remain deeply sceptical. But useful science may still emerge, even though various obstacles remain to be overcome.

doi:10.1038/35712


No animals allowed for European researchers p733

doi:10.1038/35716


Bartering for experimental time and space has already begun p734

doi:10.1038/35719


Commercial labs to rent: good views, priority booking p736

doi:10.1038/35722


When astronauts refuse to volunteer p737

doi:10.1038/35725


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Correspondence

Portuguese science needs a shake-up p738

Tomasz Boski and Helena D. Galvao

doi:10.1038/35728


Celebrated errors p738

Charles Weissmann and Julian A. Hiscox

doi:10.1038/35730


Biology versus physics p738

Arndt von Hippel

doi:10.1038/35732


'Mad' science wanted p738

Boryeu Mao

doi:10.1038/35734


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News and Views

Fixed hotspots gone with the wind p739

Ulrich Christensen

doi:10.1038/35736


Immunology Signal sequences stop killer cells p740

Eric O. Long

doi:10.1038/35739


Supernova 1987A Shockwave hits the ring p741

Stephen Battersby

doi:10.1038/35742


Chemical dynamics Noisy waves p743

Frank Moss

doi:10.1038/35745


100 and 50 years ago p743

doi:10.1038/35748


Functional genomics Double-stranded RNA poses puzzle p744

Richard W. Wagner and Lin Sun

doi:10.1038/35750


Liquid crystals New designs in cholesteric colour p745

Peter Palffy-Muhoray

doi:10.1038/35753


Ice sheets:  On the shelf p747

John VanDecar

doi:10.1038/35758


Neural patterning Deconstructing the organizer p748

A. Ruiz i Altaba

doi:10.1038/35761


Daedalus:  Winter in slumberland p749

David Jones

doi:10.1038/35765


Obituary:  Kenichi Fukui (1918-98) p750

Roald Hoffmann

doi:10.1038/35767


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Art and Science

Boccioni's ballistics p751

Viewpoints revolve in space and are transformed in time in the art of Umberto Boccioni, a member of the Futurists, who embraced the new sciences and technologies of their age. Boccioni aimed to express a series of relativities.

Martin Kemp

doi:10.1038/35770


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Scientific Correspondence

Male ticks help their mates to feed p753

Hui Wang, Guido C. Paesen, Patricia A. Nuttall and Alan G. Barbour

doi:10.1038/35773


Theropod-bird link reconsidered p754

Alan Feduccia and Larry D. Martin

doi:10.1038/35777


Reply: Theropod-bird link reconsidered p754

Mark A. Norell, Peter Makovicky and James A. Clark

doi:10.1038/35779


Height depends on month of birth p754

Gerhard W. Weber, Hermann Prossinger and Horst Seidler

doi:10.1038/35781


Rubber hands 'feel' touch that eyes see p756

Matthew Botvinick and Jonathan Cohen

doi:10.1038/35784


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Book Reviews

Natural entertainments p757

Stephen Bostock

doi:10.1038/35788


Money spinner p758

Ian Stewart

doi:10.1038/35791


A weighty problem p759

John Wilding

doi:10.1038/35793


In retrospect chosen by David Ruelle p760

David Ruelle

doi:10.1038/35796


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Article

Dax1 antagonizes Sry action in mammalian sex determination p761

Amanda Swain, Veronica Narvaez, Paul Burgoyne, Giovanna Camerino and Robin Lovell-Badge

doi:10.1038/35799


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Letters to Nature

Magneto-electric Aharonov–Bohm effect in metal rings p768

Alexander van Oudenaarden, Michel H. Devoret, Yu. V. Nazarov and J. E. Mooij

doi:10.1038/35808


Noise-supported travelling waves in sub-excitable media p770

Sándor Kádár, Jichang Wang and Kenneth Showalter

doi:10.1038/35814

See also: News and Views by Moss


High-strength alkali-resistant sintered SiC fibre stable to 2,200 °C p773

Toshihiro Ishikawa, Yasuhiko Kohtoku, Kiyoshi Kumagawa, Takemi Yamamura and Toshio Nagasawa

doi:10.1038/35820


DNA-templated assembly and electrode attachment of a conducting silver wire p775

Erez Braun, Yoav Eichen, Uri Sivan and Gdalyahu Ben-Yoseph

doi:10.1038/35826


Breakup and conditions for stability of the northern Larsen Ice Shelf, Antarctica p778

C. S. M. Doake, H. F. J. Corr, H. Rott, P. Skvarca and N. W. Young

doi:10.1038/35832


Composition of fluids in the lower crust inferred from metamorphic salt in lower crustal rocks p781

Gregor Markl and Kurt Bucher

doi:10.1038/35836


Making mistakes when predicting shifts in species range in response to global warming p783

Andrew J. Davis, Linda S. Jenkinson, John H. Lawton, Bryan Shorrocks and Simon Wood

doi:10.1038/35842


Automatic alerting does not speed late motoric processes in a reaction-time task p786

Steven A. Hackley and Fernando Valle-Inclán

doi:10.1038/35849


A small population of anterior cells patterns the forebrain during zebrafish gastrulation p788

Corinne Houart, Monte Westerfield and Stephen W. Wilson

doi:10.1038/35853

See also: News and Views by Ruiz i Altaba


Staufen-dependent localization of prospero mRNA contributes to neuroblast daughter-cell fate p792

Julie Broadus, Sal Fuerstenberg and Chris Q. Doe

doi:10.1038/35861


HLA-E binds to natural killer cell receptors CD94/NKG2A, B and C p795

Veronique M. Braud, David S. J. Allan, Christopher A. O'Callaghan, Kalle Söderström, Annalisa D'Andrea, Graham S. Ogg, Sasha Lazetic, Neil T. Young, John I. Bell, Joseph H. Phillips, Lewis L. Lanier and Andrew J. McMichael

doi:10.1038/35869

See also: News and Views by Battersby


A B-cell-homing chemokine made in lymphoid follicles activates Burkitt's lymphoma receptor-1 p799

Michael D. Gunn, Vu N. Ngo, K. Mark Ansel, Eric H. Ekland, Jason G. Cyster and Lewis T. Williams

doi:10.1038/35876


Direct activation of inward rectifier potassium channels by PIP2 and its stabilization by Gbetabold gamma p803

Chou-Long Huang, Siyi Feng and Donald W. Hilgemann

doi:10.1038/35882


Potent and specific genetic interference by double-stranded RNA in Caenorhabditis elegans p806

Andrew Fire, SiQun Xu, Mary K. Montgomery, Steven A. Kostas, Samuel E. Driver and Craig C. Mello

doi:10.1038/35888

See also: News and Views by Wagner & Sun


Role of the histone deacetylase complex in acute promyelocytic leukaemia p811

Richard J. Lin, Laszlo Nagy, Satoshi Inoue, Wenlin Shao, Wilson H. Miller, Jr and Ronald M. Evans

doi:10.1038/35895


Fusion proteins of the retinoic acid receptor-alpha recruit histone deacetylase in promyelocytic leukaemia p815

Francesco Grignani, Silvia De Matteis, Clara Nervi, Lucia Tomassoni, Vania Gelmetti, Mario Cioce, Mirco Fanelli, Marthin Ruthardt, Fabiana F. Ferrara, Iris Zamir, Christian Seiser, Fausto Grignani, Mitchell A. Lazar, Saverio Minucci and Pier Giuseppe Pelicci

doi:10.1038/35901


Correction:  The cerebellar leucine-rich acidic nuclear protein interacts with ataxin-1 p818

Antoni Matilla, Beena T. Koshy, Christopher J. Cummings, Toshiaki Isobe, Harry T. Orr and Huda Y. Zoghbi

doi:10.1038/35908


Erratum:  Fear conditioning induces associative long-term potentiation in the amygdala p818

Michael T. Rogan, Ursula V. Stäubli and Joseph E. LeDoux

doi:10.1038/35910


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Careers and Recruitment

Light in the gloom for cell biologists p819

Opportunities abound throughout the world for young people interested in cell biology. The most successful will be those who can learn new skills and work collaboratively. But Europe needs to learn an urgent lesson from the United States if there is to be any future for biomedical research in the next millennium.

Brendan Horton

doi:10.1038/35912


Developing 'chemical genetics' p819

Brendan Horton

doi:10.1038/35916


Favouring the brave p820

Potter Wickware

doi:10.1038/35918


Not enough places to go in Europe p821

Owen Goldring

doi:10.1038/35921


Salaries and qualifications across Europe p821

Owen Goldring

doi:10.1038/35925


Opportunities open up in Dresden p822

Barbara Miller

doi:10.1038/35927


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