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Editorials

Millennium development holes p347

The political commitment to helping the developing world is failing to deliver on its promises. The problem is made worse by the questionable evaluation of progress.

doi:10.1038/446347a


Independence day? p347

Spain has increased science funding but now needs to modernize the organizations at the top.

doi:10.1038/446347b


Going underground p348

A new study's recommendations for carbon capture should be pursued.

doi:10.1038/446348a


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Research Highlights

Research highlights p350

doi:10.1038/446350a


Correction p351

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News

Special Report

Degrees in homeopathy slated as unscientific p352

Alternative therapies are now a degree subject at some British universities. But do they deserve these credentials? Jim Giles reports.

doi:10.1038/446352a

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Graphic detail: Where politicians stand on climate change p354

Since the Democrats took over the US House and Senate, ever more committees on climate change are holding hearings on a nearly daily basis. This month the leader of the House, Nancy Pelosi, formed yet another one, the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, leaving even Washington energy analysts struggling to keep up with it all. Emma Marris charts the key players in terms of clout and greenness.

doi:10.1038/446354a


Agencies join forces to share data p354

US to create a universal database of all its research results.

Declan Butler

doi:10.1038/446354b


Looking for hidden signs of consciousness p355

A 'brain-activity' test for patients in a vegetative state has divided neurologists.

Kerri Smith

doi:10.1038/446355a


Sidelines p355

doi:10.1038/446355b


A jump that would prove Newton wrong p357

A law of physics could break down on the equinox.

Philip Ball

doi:10.1038/446357a


Tamiflu side effects come under scrutiny p358

Is Tamiflu causing suicidal behaviour?

Ichiko Fuyuno

doi:10.1038/446358a


Experts call for active surveillance of drug safety p358

Drug agency urged to use latest technology to spot side effects early.

Meredith Wadman

doi:10.1038/446358b


News in brief p360

doi:10.1038/446360a


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Business

There goes Texas p362

A big deal in a big, conservative American state shows that energy utilities can no longer ignore CO2 emissions. Emma Marris reports.

doi:10.1038/446362a


In brief p363

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Market watch p363

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News Features

Materials science: Unexpected tricks of the light p364

The buzz over invisibility cloaks is fun — while it lasts. But metamaterials are likely to transform optics through more mundane applications. Katharine Sanderson reports.

doi:10.1038/446364a

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Four years in Iraq: Lives in limbo p366

Many Iraqi academics have escaped death threats only to find that their qualifications are obsolete and immigration authorities are unsympathetic. Jim Giles hears their stories.

doi:10.1038/446366a


Four years in Iraq: The war against wounds p369

The US military is getting a lot of flak for the way it treats wounded soldiers returning from Iraq. Emma Marris reports on the advances in medical care that are helping to bring them home.

doi:10.1038/446369a


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Correspondence

Poverty reduction must not exacerbate climate change p372

Terence P. Dawson and Simon J. Allen

doi:10.1038/446372a


Genetic test may lead to waste of healthy embryos p372

Roger Gosden

doi:10.1038/446372b


Intellectual edge can be gained in translation p372

Francesco Colucci

doi:10.1038/446372c


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Commentary

Science degrees without the science p373

Some UK universities offer science degrees in complementary medicine. David Colquhoun argues that these are not science but anti-science, and asks who is to blame.

doi:10.1038/446373a

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Books and Arts

The interior designer p375

Can the physiological agents of homeostasis create the appearance of design in nature?

Claus Wedekind reviews The Tinkerer's Accomplice: How Design Emerges From Life Itself by J. Scott Turner

doi:10.1038/446375a


The age of chance p376

Arthur Fine reviews Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science by David Lindley

doi:10.1038/446376a


Poisoned at work p377

Anthony Robbins reviews How Everyday Products Make People Sick: Toxins at Home and in the Workplace by Paul D. Blanc

doi:10.1038/446377a


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Essay

Connections

Frontier at your fingertips p379

Between the nano- and micrometre scales, the collective behaviour of matter can give rise to startling emergent properties that hint at the nexus between biology and physics.

Piers Coleman

doi:10.1038/446379a

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News and Views

Mechanochemistry: A reaction to stress p381

Chemists usually kick-start reactions with heat, light or electricity, but a far less common option is to use mechanical stress. It now seems that stress not only triggers reactions, but can also direct their course.

Brad M. Rosen and Virgil Percec

doi:10.1038/446381a

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Asteroids: Spun in the sun p382

Two asteroids have been observed gradually spinning faster and faster, and the hot tip is that sunlight is the cause. If so, this could give us a handle on the dynamics and evolution of the asteroid belt in general.

William F. Bottke

doi:10.1038/nature05711

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Organic chemistry: Synthesis undressed p383

Fragile chemical groups can be shielded from harsh reaction conditions by temporary protection. This approach is conventional wisdom for organic synthesis, but is it always the best solution?

John A. Porco, Jr

doi:10.1038/446383a

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Behavioural neuroscience: Hare-brained flies p385

Sadaf Shadan

doi:10.1038/446385a


Evolutionary biology: Adaptation under a microscope p386

Experiments with microorganisms can guide thinking about the big questions being tackled by evolutionary biologists — for instance, how predation and immigration might play a role in adaptive radiation.

Rosemary G. Gillespie and Brent C. Emerson

doi:10.1038/446386a

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Biochemistry: Molecular cannibalism p387

The biosynthesis of vitamin B12 has fascinated generations of scientists, but part of the pathway was unknown. The missing enzymatic link has now been found, only to raise more mechanistic questions.

Steven E. Ealick and Tadhg P. Begley

doi:10.1038/446387a

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50 & 100 Years Ago p387

doi:10.1038/446387b


Obituary: Alan Graham MacDiarmid (1927–2007) p390

Pioneer of conducting polymers, and proud Antipodean.

Andrew Holmes

doi:10.1038/446390a


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News and Views Q&A

Organometallic chemistry: C–H activation p391

The stability of the chemical bonds in saturated hydrocarbons makes them generally unreactive. But the invention of processes in which carbon–hydrogen (C–H) bonds in hydrocarbons can be activated is allowing chemists to exploit organic compounds in previously unimaginable ways.

Robert G. Bergman

doi:10.1038/446391a

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Review

Relativistic effects in homogeneous gold catalysis p395

David J. Gorin and F. Dean Toste

doi:10.1038/nature05592

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Articles

Total synthesis of marine natural products without using protecting groups p404

Phil S. Baran, Thomas J. Maimone and Jeremy M. Richter

doi:10.1038/nature05569

See also: Editor's summary | News and Views by Porco


Skew of mantle upwelling beneath the East Pacific Rise governs segmentation p409

Douglas R. Toomey, David Jousselin, Robert A. Dunn, William S. D. Wilcock and R. S. Detrick

doi:10.1038/nature05679

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Autocatalytic cleavage of Clostridium difficile toxin B p415

Jessica Reineke, Stefan Tenzer, Maja Rupnik, Andreas Koschinski, Oliver Hasselmayer, André Schrattenholz, Hansjörg Schild and Christoph von Eichel-Streiber

doi:10.1038/nature05622

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Letters

Acceleration of the rotation of asteroid 1862 Apollo by radiation torques p420

Mikko Kaasalainen, Josef Dcaronurech, Brian D. Warner, Yurij N. Krugly and Ninel M. Gaftonyuk

doi:10.1038/nature05614

See also: Editor's summary | News and Views by Bottke


Biasing reaction pathways with mechanical force p423

Charles R. Hickenboth, Jeffrey S. Moore, Scott R. White, Nancy R. Sottos, Jerome Baudry and Scott R. Wilson

doi:10.1038/nature05681

See also: Editor's summary | News and Views by Rosen & Percec


Seismic evidence for convection-driven motion of the North American plate p428

David W. Eaton and Andrew Frederiksen

doi:10.1038/nature05675

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The effects of competition and predation on diversification in a model adaptive radiation p432

Justin R. Meyer and Rees Kassen

doi:10.1038/nature05599

See also: Editor's summary | News and Views by Gillespie & Emerson


Immigration history controls diversification in experimental adaptive radiation p436

Tadashi Fukami, Hubertus J. E. Beaumont, Xue-Xian Zhang and Paul B. Rainey

doi:10.1038/nature05629

See also: Editor's summary | News and Views by Gillespie & Emerson


Relating ligand binding to activation gating in CNGA2 channels p440

Christoph Biskup, Jana Kusch, Eckhard Schulz, Vasilica Nache, Frank Schwede, Frank Lehmann, Volker Hagen and Klaus Benndorf

doi:10.1038/nature05596


p53-induced inhibition of Hif-1 causes cardiac dysfunction during pressure overload p444

Masanori Sano, Tohru Minamino, Haruhiro Toko, Hideyuki Miyauchi, Masayuki Orimo, Yingjie Qin, Hiroshi Akazawa, Kaoru Tateno, Yosuke Kayama, Mutsuo Harada, Ippei Shimizu, Takayuki Asahara, Hirofumi Hamada, Shuhei Tomita, Jeffrey D. Molkentin, Yunzeng Zou and Issei Komuro

doi:10.1038/nature05602

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BluB cannibalizes flavin to form the lower ligand of vitamin B12 p449

Michiko E. Taga, Nicholas A. Larsen, Annaleise R. Howard-Jones, Christopher T. Walsh and Graham C. Walker

doi:10.1038/nature05611

See also: Editor's summary | News and Views by Ealick & Begley


Peptide bond formation destabilizes Shine–Dalgarno interaction on the ribosome p454

Sotaro Uemura, Magdalena Dorywalska, Tae-Hee Lee, Harold D. Kim, Joseph D. Puglisi and Steven Chu

doi:10.1038/nature05625


Stepwise protein-mediated RNA folding directs assembly of telomerase ribonucleoprotein p458

Michael D. Stone, Mariana Mihalusova, Catherine M. O'Connor, Ramadevi Prathapam, Kathleen Collins and Xiaowei Zhuang

doi:10.1038/nature05600

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Naturejobs

Prospect

Prospects p463

The course of true love never did run smooth.

Paul Smaglik

doi:10.1038/nj7134-463a


Careers and Recruitment

Chemistry in context p464

Rumours of the demise of chemistry are misplaced — the 'science of everything' prevails, if sometimes under new guises. Ricki Lewis reports.

Ricki Lewis

doi:10.1038/nj7134-464a


Career Views

David Schimel, chief executive, National Ecological Observatory Network, Washington DC p466

David Schimel takes the reins at the National Ecological Observatory Network

Matthew Nestel

doi:10.1038/nj7134-466a


Researchers without frontiers p466

Marie Curie fellows seek maximum mobility.

Vanessa Díaz & Guggi Kofod

doi:10.1038/nj7134-466b


Beginner's luck p466

I actually seem to be enjoying my postdoc.

Peter Jordan

doi:10.1038/nj7134-466c


Recruiters

The inside track from academia and industry: Staying power p468

Carving out a successful career as an academic is hard, but there are steps you can take to ease your way.

Moray Campbell

doi:10.1038/nj7134-468a


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