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Volume 480 Number 7378 pp413-578

22 December 2011

About the cover

This week we identify Nature’s 10, ten newsmakers who have had a big influence on science in the past year. They are physicist Dario Autiero, seven-billionth baby Danica M. Comacho, US environment-agency head Lisa Jackson, radioisotope researcher Tatsuhiko Kodama, CERN engineer Mike Lamont, microbiologist and blogger Rosie Redfield, physics entrepreneur John Rogers, astronomer Sara Seager, former Egyptian prime minister Essam Sharaf and psychologist Diederik Stapel. Read about their contributions from page 437. Cover: Carl DeTorres

This Week

Editorials

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  • The morning after

    President Barack Obama's stance on an emergency contraceptive betrays his promised principles of scientific integrity and sets a troubling precedent for political interference in 'inconvenient' science.

  • Defend the Amazon

    Brazilian lawmakers should not weaken their stance on deforestation to appease landowners.

  • Ten for 2011

    As the year ends, Nature highlights individuals who rose to prominence — or fell from grace.

World View

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Seven Days

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  • Seven days: 16–22 December 2011

    The week in science: Cornell to build US$2-billion science campus in New York; Kepler finds a twin Earth; and Fukushima is declared to be in cold shutdown.

News in Focus

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  • 365 days: Nature's 10

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    Ten people who mattered this year.

    • Declan Butler
    • Ewen Callaway
    • Erika Check Hayden
    • David Cyranoski
    • Eric Hand
    • Nicola Nosengo
    • Eugenie Samuel Reich
    • Jeff Tollefson
    • Mohammed Yahia

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  • Crisis response: The new history

    The past year has shown how prone a highly networked society is to abrupt change. The future of our complex world, says Philip Ball, depends on becoming resilient to shocks.

Books and Arts

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  • Food science: With pipette and ladle

    From stretchy ice cream to wire-brushed crackling, Harold McGee digests an eclectic modernist menu.

    • Review of The Kitchen as Laboratory: Reflections on the Science of Food and Cooking
      César Vega, Job Ubbink & Erik Van Der Linden
  • Q&A: The snowflake designer

    For the past decade, physicist Kenneth Libbrecht has been studying how ice crystals form, taking thousands of photographs of their intricate structures. He describes how he grows snowflakes in his lab at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, and never tires of tracking the real thing in the far north.

Obituary

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Careers

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Columns

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  • Testing the waters

    Postdoc committees can give insight into industry career paths, argue Christopher Tsang and Michael Fisher.

    • Christopher Tsang
    • Michael Fisher

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