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Volume 479 Number 7371 pp5-144

3 November 2011

About the cover

This issue of Nature puts a spotlight on autism spectrum disorder and tries to sort fact from fiction in this often contentious field. Topics covered include the mysterious increase in the incidence of diagnosed autism; some of the myths that have accumulated around the condition; and the notion that, for some fields of endeavour (science is often mentioned), autism can be advantageous. Cover credit: Daren Newman.

This Week

Editorials

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  • The mind’s tangled web

    Efforts to elucidate how genes and the environment shape the development of autism, although making progress, still fall far short of their goal.

World View

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Seven Days

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  • Seven days: 28 October–3 November 2011

    The week in science: United States cancels UNESCO funding; proton-smashing ends for the year at the Large Hadron Collider; and Britain's Royal Society opens up its journal archive.

News in Focus

    Features

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    comment

    Books and Arts

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    • Mathematics: Alice in time

      Gillian Beer chronicles the passage of time in its many manifestations through Lewis Carroll's enduring classics.

      • Review of Alice in Wonderland
    • Q&A: The outsider insider

      Science writer Margaret Wertheim's latest book focuses on 'outsider physicists' — fringe theorists who probe the cosmos in their own way. On its publication, to be accompanied by a December exhibition at the newly opened Institute For Figuring gallery in Los Angeles, Wertheim explains her fascination with those who explore beyond the textbooks.

      • Review of Physics on the Fringe: Smoke Rings, Circlons, and Alternative Theories of Everything
        Margaret Wertheim

    Obituary

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    Careers

    Features

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    Columns

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    • Time to tweet

      Ecologist Gaston Small uses social media to talk about his work. Others, he says, must join him.

      • Gaston Small

    Career Briefs

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    naturejobs job listings and advertising features

    Futures

    • Ovoids

      The waiting game.

      • Deborah Walker

    research

    Review

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    Articles

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    Letters

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