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Obama launches multibillion-dollar brain-map project

US President Barack Obama today officially launched an ambitious multi-year project to probe the human brain in action. In a preview of his 2014 budget request, expected next week, he said he would ask Congress for about $100 million to get the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative off the ground.  Read more

Italian seismologists appeal L’Aquila ruling

Sseven scientists, engineers and government officials who were found guilty of manslaughter after the 2009 earthquake in the city of L’Aquila all filed their appeals against the verdict in time for a 6 March deadline.  Read more

Royal Institution considers sale of London headquarters

Royal Institution considers sale of London headquarters

The wood-paneled theater where Michael Faraday presented his annual Christmas lectures on chemistry, electricity and magnetism could be up for sale, along with the rest of the London headquarters of the esteemed Royal Institution (RI).  Read more

Obama orders research into gun violence

President Barack Obama waded directly into scientific politics yesterday, when he announced a series of measures addressing gun violence in the wake of the December 14 shooting in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut that left 26 dead, 20 of them children.  Read more

What were the top papers of 2012 on social media?

One of the promises of altmetrics – an approach to measuring attention on research papers that relies on alternative measures to citations, such as downloads, social media mentions, and collections in online libraries – is that it could provide an almost real-time view of the papers provoking most excitement. Citations, by contrast, are inevitably slow to gather pace.  Read more

US cancer institute director meets the press

US cancer institute director meets the press

Nature last spoke in-depth with Harold Varmus in July, 2011, one year after he became director of the $5 billion National Cancer Institute (NCI), the largest of the 27 institutes and centres at the National Institutes of Health. (NIH).  Read more