A vibrant Pablo Picasso canvas depicting the artist’s young lover is expected to fetch up to £12 million at auction, with proceeds benefiting diabetes, obesity and heart research.
A group of high profile stem cell scientists warns that a proposed ban on embryonic stem cell patents in Europe could spell disaster for regenerative therapies and other applications of the cells, which can produce any cell type in the body.
NASA may be reconsidering controversial background investigations that prompted a high-profile lawsuit by 27 scientists, engineers and other employees at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Nature has learned. A letter from the American Astronomical Society, released to Nature, attempts to inform the space agency’s deliberations. Read more
Britain’s crime prevention minister has defended the decision to close the country’s respected Forensic Science Service (FSS), as his chief scientific advisor admitted he had not been consulted on the move.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, the explosion in 1986 of a reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine – a bitter irony given the ongoing Fukushima-Daichii nuclear disaster.
There is a new answer to the Fermi Paradox ¬– which asks why, if the universe is vast and the basic ingredients life plentiful, have we not yet discovered another civilization? The answer may be: because we can’t afford to. Read more