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This week in The Great Beyond

By Oliver Morton  

I thought I’d cross post this from The Great Beyond, which is a blog we recently started at Nature to complement our own news coverage. The blog rounds up the science stories that, for one reason or another, we’re not covering this week,  but which are still worth your attention. Let me know whether First Drafts and its readers would welcome this as a weekly service

Friday August 31, 2007
Storms to get stronger / Lucy fossil controversy / Scientists sue over background checks

Thursday August 30, 2007
Global warming: belief but no understanding / ‘Drunk’ astronauts were sober, probably / Supersonic space rain / Plants can hear

Wednesday August 29, 2007
Spiderman suit in ten years / Greenhouse gases and ozone holes / Science blogger sued update

Tuesday August 28, 2007
Star Wars prop in space / Stem cells fix rat hearts / China legislates for failure / Fantasy journal league

Other Nature blog posts you may have missed
Spoonful of Medicine: Apoorva Mandavilli on (Bio)piracy in Brazil and elsewhere
The Sceptical Chymist: ‘Materials Girl’ on Physics, summer school, and math

Ones that got away
You think brain drain is a problem? Read ‘How T-Force abducted Germany’s best brains for Britain’ in The Guardian
‘Diabetes as Darwinism’ – Greg Critser in the LA Times says we’re all short-beaked finches
Extinction fears over ‘Irwin’s bum-breathing turtle’ from News.com.au
A giant space-junk gun in The Columbus Dispatch (via KSJ Tracker)

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