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Opinion

Women worse off (cont.) p841

The California Institute of Technology needs to address imbalances and frustrations.

doi:10.1038/35091191


Decision time at Yucca Mountain p841

The United States should only proceed with its sole proposed nuclear-waste repository once geological concerns have been addressed and provided that law-makers are convinced that the assessment process has been conducted fairly.

doi:10.1038/35091193


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News

Stem-cell list offers sixty-four lines p843

Jonathan Knight

doi:10.1038/35091195


Japan's plans for space merger spark fears for basic research p843

David Cyranoski

doi:10.1038/35091197


Elusive fossil could conceal answer to dinosaur debate p844

Rex Dalton

doi:10.1038/35091200


LED pioneer seeks reward in court p844

David Cyranoski

doi:10.1038/35091202


Staff survey shows women feel out in the cold at Caltech p844

Rex Dalton

doi:10.1038/35091205


It's a dog's life for Siberian foxes p845

Bryon MacWilliams

doi:10.1038/35091208


Joint venture on biochips ends in disarray p845

Quirin Schiermeier

doi:10.1038/35091211


Funding bonanza for astronomy and biotech in Australia p846

Peter Pockley

doi:10.1038/35091214


Canada unveils plans to build nanotechnology centre... p846

David Spurgeon

doi:10.1038/35091217


...as mathematicians beat retreat to Alberta p846

Erica Klarreich

doi:10.1038/35091220


Green-fingered gang could hold climate key p847

David Adam

doi:10.1038/35091223


Earliest malaria DNA found in Roman baby graveyard p847

Alison Abbott

doi:10.1038/35091226


news in brief p848

doi:10.1038/35091229


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news feature

Out of sight, out of mind? p850

Yucca Mountain in Nevada seems like a reasonable place to bury the United State's nuclear waste — but only if the volcanoes there remain dormant. Arguments on that point are about to erupt, reports Colin Macilwain.

Colin Macilwain

doi:10.1038/35091156


Brought down to Earth p853

With its unique access to Mir cosmonauts, Moscow's Institute for Biomedical Problems was a world leader for space biology. But now it is working under greatly diminished circumstances, says Quirin Schiermeier.

Quirin Schiermeier

doi:10.1038/35091165


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Correspondence

Collaboration with Japan could be more tempting p855

A pilot scheme for postdocs, blending mobility with security, ought to be expanded.

Angus Davison

doi:10.1038/35091110


Could a website teach communication skills? p855

Virendra K. Bhasin

doi:10.1038/35091112


Curious effects created by reversal of colour p855

Martin Kemp

doi:10.1038/35091114


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Book Reviews

The electrifying Australian p857

How an egg-laying mammal challenged the world's finest zoologists.

David Penny reviews Platypus: The Extraordinary Story of How a Curious Creature Baffled the World by Ann Moyal


A world without competition p858

Peter A. Abrams reviews The Unified Neutral Theory of Biodiversity and Biogeography by Stephen P. Hubbell


Fertility from a metabolic viewpoint p859

Roger V. Short reviews On Fertile Ground: A Natural History of Human Reproduction by Peter T. Ellison


Science in culture p860

Rex Dalton reviews

doi:10.1038/35091126


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words

Victor and victim p861

The true message of Frankenstein is about morality, not mad science.

Howard P. Segal

doi:10.1038/35091129


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concepts

Reasoning for results p863

Dennis Bray

doi:10.1038/35091132


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News and Views

Achilles' heel of cancer? p865

The p53 protein is inactivated in most human cancers. One outcome is a defect in controlling cell division. Might a virus that exploits this defect prove useful in treating cancer?

Bert Vogelstein and Kenneth W. Kinzler


Quantum optics: Photons yield to peer pressure p866

In 1960 the invention of the laser allowed classical light to be amplified inside a cavity. New experiments show that photons in a special quantum state can also be amplified.

Paul Kwiat

doi:10.1038/35091173


100 and 50 years ago p867

doi:10.1038/35091176


Cardiovascular biology: Creating unique blood vessels p868

When tissues need more oxygen, they release molecules that encourage blood vessels to grow. The discovery of the first such molecule that is specific to one type of tissue has implications for cancer and heart failure.

Peter Carmeliet

doi:10.1038/35091178


Quantum engineering: Protecting the quantum world p869

When quantum systems interact with the environment, classical properties emerge — a process known as decoherence. Although decoherence is unavoidable, it may still be possible to manipulate the outcome.

Juan Pablo Paz

doi:10.1038/35091181


Immunology: Antibody alterations p870

In an immune response, antibody molecules are altered so they can bind to intruders more strongly. Some of the molecules that determine which alteration process predominates have now been tracked down.

Alberto Martin and Matthew D. Scharff

doi:10.1038/35091184


Chemistry: Mystery of an interstellar ion p871

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the Universe. Its chemistry governs most reactions in space, especially when it is ionized. But the abundance of the H3+ ion is not easy to explain.

Annick Suzor-Weiner and Ioan F. Schneider

doi:10.1038/35091186


Daedalus: A cosmic background p872

David Jones

doi:10.1038/35091189


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Brief Communications

Mother's voice recognition by seal pups p873

Newborns need to learn their mother's call before she can take off on a fishing trip.

Isabelle Charrier, Nicolas Mathevon and Pierre Jouventin

doi:10.1038/35091136


Palaeontology: The beaks of ostrich dinosaurs p873

Mark A. Norell, Peter J. Makovicky and Philip J. Currie

doi:10.1038/35091139


Nanostructures: Self-assembled domain patterns p875

Richard Plass, Julie A. Last, N. C. Bartelt and G. L. Kellogg

doi:10.1038/35091143


Malaria: Cooperative silencing elements in var genes p875

Kirk W. Deitsch, Michael S. Calderwood and Thomas E. Wellems

doi:10.1038/35091146


correction: An unusual social display in gorillas p876

doi:10.1038/35091149


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Article

Identification of an angiogenic mitogen selective for endocrine gland endothelium p877

Jennifer LeCouter, Joe Kowalski, Jessica Foster, Phil Hass, Zemin Zhang, Lisa Dillard-Telm, Gretchen Frantz, Linda Rangell, Leo DeGuzman, Gilbert-Andre Keller, Franklin Peale, Austin Gurney, Kenneth J. Hillan and Napoleone Ferrara

doi:10.1038/35091000


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Letters to Nature

Characterization of extrasolar terrestrial planets from diurnal photometric variability p885

E. B. Ford, S. Seager and E. L. Turner

doi:10.1038/35091009


Stimulated emission of polarization-entangled photons p887

A. Lamas-Linares, J. C. Howell and D. Bouwmeester

doi:10.1038/35091014


Mechanism for the destruction of H3+ ions by electron impact p891

V. Kokoouline, Chris H. Greene and B. D. Esry

doi:10.1038/35091025


Parasitic computing p894

Albert-László Barabási, Vincent W. Freeh, Hawoong Jeong and Jay B. Brockman

doi:10.1038/35091039


Universal behaviour in compressive failure of brittle materials p897

Carl E. Renshaw and Erland M. Schulson

doi:10.1038/35091045


Transition of Mount Etna lavas from a mantle-plume to an island-arc magmatic source p900

Pierre Schiano, Roberto Clocchiatti, Luisa Ottolini and Tiziana Busà

doi:10.1038/35091056


Genetic linkage of ecological specialization and reproductive isolation in pea aphids p904

David J. Hawthorne and Sara Via

doi:10.1038/35091062


Dynamics of travelling waves in visual perception p907

Hugh R. Wilson, Randolph Blake and Sang-Hun Lee

doi:10.1038/35091066


Two-step process for photoreceptor formation in Drosophila p911

Bertrand Mollereau, Maria Dominguez, Rebecca Webel, Nansi Jo Colley, Benison Keung, Jose F. de Celis and Claude Desplan

doi:10.1038/35091076


Virus-mediated killing of cells that lack p53 activity p914

Kenneth Raj, Phyllis Ogston and Peter Beard

doi:10.1038/35091082


Rotational movement during cyclic nucleotide-gated channel opening p917

J. P. Johnson, Jr and William N. Zagotta

doi:10.1038/35091089


Ablation of XRCC2/3 transforms immunoglobulin V gene conversion into somatic hypermutation p921

Julian E. Sale, Daniella M. Calandrini, Minoru Takata, Shunichi Takeda and Michael S. Neuberger

doi:10.1038/35091100


erratum: Nodulation of legumes by members of the beta-subclass of Proteobacteria p926

Lionel Moulin, Antonio Munive, Bernard Dreyfus and Catherine Boivin-Masson

doi:10.1038/35091106


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New on the Market

Going separate ways p927

The latest developments in chromatography.

doi:10.1038/35091151


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