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Do you know someone who brings sound science to public debates, despite facing hostility in doing so? If so, nominations are now open for the annual John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science.

The prize is a joint initiative of Nature, the Kohn Foundation, and the charity Sense About Science and is named after Sir John Maddox, former editor of Nature for 22 years.

Read the full criteria here: http://bit.ly/VHfJGB 
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Data Matters: Preservation of Data. 

Scientific Data introduces a new series of interviews with scientists, funders and librarians on topics related to data sharing and standards.

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ESOF 2014: I owe my business to my frustration as a Scientist. Nature Blogs talks to three leading figures in science, technology and academia. 

Join the ESOF 2014 panel session called “I owe my business to my frustration as a scientist” today from 3pm-4.15pm (CET) at the Malting Hall. #ESOFmyscibus

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Thirsty? Take a sip from this firehose of great content on water conservation efforts, in collaboration with +Scientific American 
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Of Schemes and Memes Blog: Under the covers (Nature revealed). 

Behind the scenes of this week's cover - As investment increases, researchers are raising their game in South America #naturecovers
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Using data descriptors in #citizenscience to chronicle global reef fish communities & the launch of Scientific Data.

A guest blog from the Managing Director for Open Research at Nature Publishing Group, Sam Burridge.

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Biosecurity laws under scanner.

Urgent need for new regulation in India on biosafety. A new Bill hopes to establish an Agricultural Biosecurity Authority of India with headquarters in the national capital region and regional centres all over the country.

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Real-time tissue analysis could guide brain tumor surgery.

Research published in PNAS offers a possible way to discern which brain tissue is cancerous and guide surgeons in real time. 

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Open access is not enough on its own – data must be free too. 

Academics have been encouraged to make their research freely available, but their data also needs to be open to scrutiny.

Honorary academic editor for NPG's Scientific Data, Susanna-Assunta Sansone talks data descriptors and open data.

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Academics have been encouraged to make their research freely available, but their data also needs to be open to scrutiny
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Ahead of ESOF 2014 starting tomorrow in Copenhagen, Nature Blogs talks to three leading figures in science, technology and academia who through frustrations of not having the effective tools necessary to do their work, decided to build their own.

The three-part series looks at the increasing number of start-up companies that are “spinning out” of academic institutions worldwide.
Interviewees include Figshare founder, Mark Hahnel, Frontiers co-founder Kamila Markram and Brainspace founder Dave Copps.

All three will be ESOF2014 panel members at the “I owe my business to my frustration as a scientist” session on Monday, 23 June 3pm-4.15pm (CET) at the Malting Hall, Copenhagen. If you can’t make it to ESOF in person, then we’ll be tweeting using the hashtag #ESOFmyscibus

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Nature Genetics in association with the Wellcome Trust is pleased to announce the eighth Genomics of Common Diseases meeting. #GCD14

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Over the past eight years, our understanding of the genetic architecture of disease has progressively been redefined by genome-wide association studies characterizing common variation, the fine mapping of these associated regions, the emergence and growth of new sequencing technologies and the assessment of rare variant association.

This past year has seen a continuing increase in the scale of genomic data sets as well as important strides in identifying functionally and clinically relevant genetic variation. The conference will include sessions representing leading examples of genetic discovery efforts for common diseases using a range of technologies, including genotyping arrays as well as targeted, exome and whole-genome sequencing. We will also hear presentations on approaches to characterize regulatory variation and to use model organisms as a way to move from association to function and increase the mechanistic understanding of disease. The conference will also include presentations on important recent efforts in clinical translation, including newborn screening, non-invasive diagnostics and the interpretation of clinical sequencing, as well as a session surveying a range of global genomic medicine programs.
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This month's big developments in the world of #biotechnology from the Nature Biotechnology team featuring news from the UK, Brazil and Belgium.

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