Archive by date | April 2009

James Lovelock books reviewed and video interview

James Lovelock fears that humanity faces widespread death and mass migration as Earth’s systems become further unbalanced by climate change. Andrew Watson of the University of East Anglia reviews Lovelock’s new book, as well as a biography of Lovelock and his ideas, in Nature (458, 970-971; 2009). From the review:  … Read more

Nature debate: racing to the moon

Four decades after the first Moon landings (Apollo 11 on 16 July 1969), the original space-racers have been joined by China, India, South Korea, even Nigeria. Why do we still need manned missions? Does human space exploration need countries to cooperate, or does it benefit from the oxygen of international conflict and mistrust? Join a lively debate on the Moon and beyond at London’s premier new arts venue – Kings Place – on 11 May 2009.  Read more

Natureevents directory for 2009

Have you seen the Natureevents directory for 2009? The Natureevents Directory is published once a year by Nature Publishing Group and covers a complete range of scientific events, conferences and courses around the world. The digital edition of the Natureevents Directory 2009 is free to download.  Read more

John Dick interview at Nature Reports Stem Cells

John Dick, the subject of this month’s Q&A at Nature Reports Stem Cells (April 2009), identified the first cancer stem cell, in leukaemia. The widely used xenotransplantation assay that he developed can confirm the identity of prospective haematopoietic stem cells by demonstrating their ability to re-establish a human blood system in the mouse. He is a professor at the University of Toronto and its affiliated Princess Margaret Hospital and Director of the Program in Cancer Stem Cells at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. Monya Baker, Editor of Nature Reports Stem Cells investigates his call for more controversy.  Read more

Nature Physics on the fruits of online collaboration

The April Editorial in Nature Physics (5, 237; 2009) looks at the effects of ten years of the web: its fundamental impact on activities such as browsing library content, buying textbooks, or arranging conference travel. Although he way in which most physicists actually do research day to day seems less affected, this is bound to change, predicts Michael Nielsen in his Commentary on page 238 of the same issue of Nature Physics, as information becomes less static and more active.  Read more

Frank Gannon says farewell to EMBO reports

Frank Gannon says goodbye as senior editor at EMBO reports in the journal’s April issue (10, 293; 2009). I shall certainly miss his monthly editorials, which I always looked forward to reading and often mentioned on this blog. On the occasion of his goodbye, he looks back at his contribution:  … Read more