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Opinion

Research is no substitute for political action on climate p1

Tax incentives and other measures to encourage energy efficiency are needed to curtail the growth of US carbon emissions. Calls for more research, though important, should not be used to obscure this fact.

doi:10.1038/23756


Reform in name only p1

Using threats to force the formation of semi-autonomous 'agencies' in Japan is a flawed strategy.

doi:10.1038/23758


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News

UK's physical scientists are left disappointed by budget choices p3

Ehsan Masood

doi:10.1038/23760


Dutch universities keep research control p3

Alison Abbott

doi:10.1038/23764


Synchrotron report backs steps to efficient usage p4

Alison Abbott

doi:10.1038/23767


Gore wins approval for his Triana satellite p5

Tony Reichhardt

doi:10.1038/23769


Berkeley teams up with Novartis in $50m plant genomics deal p5

Colin Macilwain

doi:10.1038/23772


Asian states link to popularize science... p6

Ehsan Masood

doi:10.1038/23774


...and India's young get a taste for research p6

Ehsan Masood

doi:10.1038/23776


US and Europe set to clash over emissions p7

Colin Macilwain

doi:10.1038/23779


Recalcitrant institutes face cuts in Japan p7

Asako Saegusa

doi:10.1038/23782


'Big science' forum gets a broader role... p8

David Dickson

doi:10.1038/23784


...and warns of need for more neutron sources p8

Declan Butler

doi:10.1038/23786


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News Analysis

Industrial links still face opposition in Japan's universities p9

Japan has traditionally had poor links between universities and industry. The government hopes to change this. But its efforts face a daunting challenge in the need to transform deeply engrained attitudes.

Asako Saegusa

doi:10.1038/23788


News in Brief p10

doi:10.1038/23791


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Correspondence

Generation of young scientists in peril p12

Stephanie Seiler and Keith Alverson

doi:10.1038/23794


Wronged by Crookes p12

Kenneth B. Chiacchia

doi:10.1038/23796


On the world stage p12

Jean-François Stuyck-Taillandier

doi:10.1038/23798


Fishing for compliments p12

Sidney Holt

doi:10.1038/23800


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News and Views

Founding father p13

Eric S. Lander and Joseph J. Ellis

doi:10.1038/23802


Quasicrystals:  From tilings to coverings p14

Knut W. Urban

doi:10.1038/23806


Inflammation:  A new target for aspirin p15

Edward A. O'Neill

doi:10.1038/23810


Global change:  A question of litter quality p17

Richard J. Norby and M. Francesca Cotrufo

doi:10.1038/23812


Developmental biology:  Sending all the right signals p18

Norbert Perrimon and Joseph B. Duffy

doi:10.1038/23815


Nonlinear dynamics:  Jamming is not just cool any more p21

Andrea J. Liu and Sidney R. Nagel

doi:10.1038/23819


Biodiversity:  Plants on the web p22

David Read

doi:10.1038/23822


Telomeres:  Bumps on the road to immortality p23

Robert A. Weinberg

doi:10.1038/23825


100 and 50 years ago p23

doi:10.1038/23828


Daedalus:  Smokeless microwaves p24

David Jones

doi:10.1038/23830


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Science and Image

Vincian Velcro p25

Leonardo demonstrated his innovatory drawing techniques in his sketch of a human fetus. The work was partly inspired by his studies of botany and his dissection of a cow — and it hints at his thoughts on the nature of life itself.

Martin Kemp

doi:10.1038/23832


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Scientific Correspondence

Jefferson fathered slave's last child p27

Eugene A. Foster, M. A. Jobling, P. G. Taylor, P. Donnelly, P. de Knijff, Rene Mieremet, T. Zerjal and C. Tyler-Smith

doi:10.1038/23835

See also: News and Views by Lander & Ellis


Coherent light scattering by blue feather barbs p28

Richard O. Prum, Rodolfo H. Torres, Scott Williamson and Jan Dyck

doi:10.1038/23838


A lower jaw from a Cretaceous parrot p29

Thomas A. Stidham

doi:10.1038/23841


Hydrologic cycle explains the evaporation paradox p30

W. Brutsaert and M. B. Parlange

doi:10.1038/23845


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Autumn Books

Crude weapons of science's 'friends' p31

Jonathan Rée reviews A House Built on Sand: Exposing Postmodernist Myths about Science edited by Noretta Koertge

doi:10.1038/23847


Wondrous correctness p33

Gillian Beer reviews Unweaving the Rainbow by Richard Dawkins

doi:10.1038/23850


The unread menace p34

Roy Porter reviews Measuring Minds: Henry Herbert Goddard and the Origins of American Intelligence Testing edited by Leila Zenderland

doi:10.1038/23853


Not black and white p35

Jerry A. Coyne reviews Melanism: Evolution in Action by Michael E. N. Majerus

doi:10.1038/23856


More than meets the eye p36

John C. Marshall reviews Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See by Donald D. Hoffman

doi:10.1038/23859


Footing the bill p37

Anne Crowther reviews Gout: The Patrician Malady by Roy Porter and G. S. Rousseau

doi:10.1038/23862


Liberator or 'fix'? p38

Richard Davenport-Hines reviews On the Pill: A Social History of Oral Contraceptives 1950-1970 by Elizabeth Siegel Watkins

doi:10.1038/23865


Even a loose cannon may hit the right spot p38

Daniel S. Greenberg reviews Dancing Naked in the Mind Field by Kary Mullis

doi:10.1038/23867


Seeking certainty in an unreliable world p39

Barry Barnes reviews The Golem at Large: What You Should Know about Technology by Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch

doi:10.1038/23870


Causing a buzz p40

Thomas D. Seeley reviews Honeybees of Africa by Howard R. Hepburn and S. E. Radloff

doi:10.1038/23873


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Review

Metapopulation dynamics p41

Ilkka Hanski

doi:10.1038/23876


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Letters to Nature

Evidence against stellar chromospheric origin of Galactic cosmic rays p50

Andrew J. Westphal, P. Buford Price, Benjamin A. Weaver and Vladimir G. Afanasiev

doi:10.1038/23887


Complete quantum teleportation using nuclear magnetic resonance p52

M. A. Nielsen, E. Knill and R. Laflamme

doi:10.1038/23891


Experimental verification of the quasi-unit-cell model of quasicrystal structure p55

Paul J. Steinhardt, H.-C. Jeong, K. Saitoh, M. Tanaka, E. Abe and A. P. Tsai

doi:10.1038/23902

See also: News and Views by Urban


Interface structure between silicon and its oxide by first-principles molecular dynamics p58

Alfredo Pasquarello, Mark S. Hybertsen and Roberto Car

doi:10.1038/23908


Molecular-wire behaviour in p -phenylenevinylene oligomers p60

William B. Davis, Walter A. Svec, Mark A. Ratner and Michael R. Wasielewski

doi:10.1038/23912


A large source of atmospheric nitrous oxide from subtropical North Pacific surface waters p63

John E. Dore, Brian N. Popp, David M. Karl and Francis J. Sansone

doi:10.1038/23921


Dating topography of the Sierra Nevada, California, using apatite (U–Th)/He ages p66

Martha A. House, Brian P. Wernicke and Kenneth A. Farley

doi:10.1038/23926


Mycorrhizal fungal diversity determines plant biodiversity, ecosystem variability and productivity p69

Marcel G. A. van der Heijden, John N. Klironomos, Margot Ursic, Peter Moutoglis, Ruth Streitwolf-Engel, Thomas Boller, Andres Wiemken and Ian R. Sanders

doi:10.1038/23932


Attention improves or impairs visual performance by enhancing spatial resolution p72

Yaffa Yeshurun and Marisa Carrasco

doi:10.1038/23936


Hippocampal lesions disrupt navigation based on cognitive maps but not heading vectors p75

John M. Pearce, Amanda D. L. Roberts and Mark Good

doi:10.1038/23941


The anti-inflammatory agents aspirin and salicylate inhibit the activity of IkappaB kinase-beta p77

Min-Jean Yin, Yumi Yamamoto and Richard B. Gaynor

doi:10.1038/23948

See also: News and Views by O'Neill


Type III InsP3 receptor channel stays open in the presence of increased calcium p81

Robert E. Hagar, Angela D. Burgstahler, Michael H. Nathanson and Barbara E. Ehrlich

doi:10.1038/23954


Both Rb/p16INK4a inactivation and telomerase activity are required to immortalize human epithelial cells p84

Tohru Kiyono, Scott A. Foster, Jenn I. Koop, James K. McDougall, Denise A. Galloway and Aloysius J. Klingelhutz

doi:10.1038/23962

See also: News and Views by Weinberg


NMR structure of the histidine kinase domain of the E. coli osmosensor EnvZ p88

Toshiyuki Tanaka, Soumitra K. Saha, Chieri Tomomori, Rieko Ishima, Dingjiang Liu, Kit I. Tong, Heiyoung Park, Rinku Dutta, Ling Qin, Mark B. Swindells, Toshimasa Yamazaki, Akira M. Ono#, Masatsune Kainosho#, Masayori Inouye and Mitsuhiko Ikura

doi:10.1038/23968


Structure of the haemagglutinin-esterase-fusion glycoprotein of influenza C virus p92

Peter B. Rosenthal, Xiaodong Zhang, Frank Formanowski, Wolfgang Fitz, Chi-Huey Wong, Herbert Meier-Ewert, John J. Skehel and Don C. Wiley

doi:10.1038/23974


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