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Turing at 100

In this collection of features and opinion pieces, Nature celebrates Alan Turing who, in a handful of papers over a tragically short lifetime, shaped many of the hottest fields in science today.

  23 February 2012

Public health: The toxic truth about sugar

Added sweeteners pose dangers to health that justify controlling them like alcohol, argue Robert H. Lustig, Laura A. Schmidt and Claire D. Brindis.

  2 February 2012

Mutant flu special

When scientists created a form of the H5N1 avian flu virus that is transmissible between mammals, debate raged over how much of this and other dual-use research should be published.

  3 May 2012

Drug development: Raise standards for preclinical cancer research

C. Glenn Begley and Lee M. Ellis propose how methods, publications and incentives must change if patients are to benefit.

  29 March 2012

Seismology: Why giant earthquakes keep catching us out

A spate of huge earthquakes in the past seven years has provided humbling lessons, says Thorne Lay.

  8 March 2012

Sociology: Honour the helpful

Alexander Oettl presents evidence that scientists who share advice and expertise enhance their colleagues' productivity.

  27 September 2012

Model organisms: There's more to life than rats and flies

The tiny number of model organisms constrains research in ways that must be acknowledged and addressed, warns Jessica Bolker.

  1 November 2012

Futures market: Wall Street's thirst for water

Moves towards a global water commodities market must be stopped. It will push the price of food far beyond the peaks of the past five years, warns Frederick Kaufman.

  25 October 2012

Digital archives: Don't let copyright block data mining

Matthew L. Jockers, Matthew Sag and Jason Schultz explain why humanities scholars have pitched in to the Authors Guild v. Google lawsuit.

  4 October 2012

Neil Armstrong (1930–2012)

Engineer, pilot, astronaut and the first human to walk on the Moon: Roger D. Launius reviews his life and achievements.

  20 September 2012

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