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Extreme rainfall slows the global economy

Nature - issue - St, 01/12/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 12 January 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03783-x

Excessive rainfall can cause catastrophic socio-economic losses to a community or nation. An analysis of changes in gross regional product identifies ways in which extreme precipitation affects global economic productivity.

Important genomic regions mutate less often than do other regions

Nature - issue - St, 01/12/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 12 January 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-00017-6

Genomic regions that are crucial for the viability and reproduction of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana are enriched with molecular features that are associated with a reduced rate of mutation.

A strange metal emerges from a failed superconductor

Nature - issue - St, 01/12/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 12 January 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03831-6

The curious electrical resistance that gives strange metals their name has been seen in a failed superconductor, in which disorder interferes with the material’s ability to achieve zero resistance below a critical temperature.

The lucky ones

Nature - issue - St, 01/12/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 12 January 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03747-1

Patience is a virtue.

Earth’s orbit, testing in pregnancy — the week in infographics

Nature - issue - St, 01/12/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 12 January 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-00083-w

Nature highlights three key infographics from the week in science and research.

The COVID generation: how is the pandemic affecting kids’ brains?

Nature - issue - St, 01/12/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 12 January 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-00027-4

Child-development researchers are asking whether the pandemic is shaping brains and behaviour.

The devastating mudslides that follow forest fires

Nature - issue - St, 01/12/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 12 January 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-00028-3

Regions that never used to burn are now suffering from forest fires — and that raises the risks of dangerous mudslides that are hard to forecast.

Webb telescope success, WHO chief and Omicron versus antibody therapies

Nature - issue - St, 01/12/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 12 January 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-00026-5

The latest science news, in brief.

Daily briefing: First transplant of a gene-edited pig heart

Nature - issue - Út, 01/11/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 11 January 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-00085-8

A person in the United States is the first to receive a transplant of a genetically modified pig heart. Plus, the evolution of the arXiv preprint server and why we shouldn’t ignore the human failures that lead to ‘natural’ disasters.

Cosmic crash explains a mystery on the Moon

Nature - issue - Út, 01/11/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 11 January 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-00064-z

Simulations show how a violent impact long ago might have led to lopsided lunar chemistry.

How to protect US science from political meddling after Trump

Nature - issue - Út, 01/11/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 11 January 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-00059-w

In a fresh report, federal researchers recommend ways to strengthen scientific integrity and preserve public trust in government.

Landmark Colombian bird study repeated to right colonial-era wrongs

Nature - issue - Út, 01/11/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 11 January 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03527-x

A re-run of a 100-year-old, US-led bird survey will inform future conservation efforts — but be helmed by local researchers.

‘Killer’ immune cells still recognize Omicron variant

Nature - issue - Út, 01/11/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 11 January 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-00063-0

Amid concerns over lost antibody defences, some researchers argue that more attention should be paid to T cells.

Author Correction: Histidine catabolism is a major determinant of methotrexate sensitivity

Nature - issue - Út, 01/11/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 11 January 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03487-2

Author Correction: Histidine catabolism is a major determinant of methotrexate sensitivity

From the archive

Nature - issue - Út, 01/11/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 11 January 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03741-7

Nature’s pages consider decision making during conflicts about planning permission, and feature an exhibition of scientific instruments.

Research evaluation needs to change with the times

Nature - issue - Út, 01/11/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 11 January 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-00056-z

The focus on a narrow set of metrics leads to a lack of diversity in the types of leader and institution that win funding.

How a part-time fellowship enticed a scientist back to academia

Nature - issue - Út, 01/11/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 11 January 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-00042-5

Rachel James wasn’t sure whether she would be able to return to academic research after leaving it when her children were young.

Stamp out fake clinical data by working together

Nature - issue - Út, 01/11/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 11 January 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-00025-6

How can we make sure that medical trials reported in the scientific literature are real? It is surprisingly hard — but not impossible.

Weaving Indigenous knowledge into the scientific method

Nature - issue - Út, 01/11/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 11 January 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-00029-2

Scientists and funders with close links to local communities outline how Western teams can collaborate fairly and effectively with those groups.

Author Correction: A proximity-dependent biotinylation map of a human cell

Nature - issue - Út, 01/11/2022 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 11 January 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04308-2

Author Correction: A proximity-dependent biotinylation map of a human cell

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