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Mechanical actions of dendritic-spine enlargement on presynaptic exocytosis

Mer, 24/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 24 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04125-7

A mechanism of mechanosensation and transduction in the presynaptic boutons is identified, in which sensing of fine pressure leads to enhanced neurotransmitter release.

FAM72A antagonizes UNG2 to promote mutagenic repair during antibody maturation

Mer, 24/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 24 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04144-4

FAM72A differentially controls mutation rates by regulating uracil processing at different stages of the cell cycle, thereby regulating somatic hypermutation and class-switch recombination in B cells.

Electrons reveal the need for improved neutrino models

Mer, 24/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 24 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03456-9

Experiments on electrons interacting with atomic nuclei have shown that the models used to measure neutrino oscillations — and thereby possibly to understand the formation of the Universe — are less accurate than we thought.

Context is key for learning motor skills

Mer, 24/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 24 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03028-x

A sophisticated theory for learning motor skills places emphasis on the need for inferring context — drawing conclusions about the structure of the environment — for efficiently storing and expressing motor memories.

Forceful synapses reveal mechanical interactions in the brain

Mer, 24/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 24 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03516-0

Communication between neurons in the brain is generally associated with electrochemical signalling. Here we reveal that neurons can also communicate through the force generated by the enlargement of dendritic spines. This force is comparable to that of muscle contraction and might underlie learning and memory, suggesting that brain function is more mechanical than was previously thought.

How to make macroscale non-crystalline diamonds

Mer, 24/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 24 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02957-x

A diamond shatters easily, despite it being the hardest natural material. Atomically disordered forms of diamond made from buckyballs might not only overcome this problem, but also allow other properties to be optimized.

The N501Y spike substitution enhances SARS-CoV-2 infection and transmission

Mer, 24/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 24 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04245-0

The N501Y spike substitution enhances SARS-CoV-2 infection and transmission

Hard times tear coupled seabirds apart

Mer, 24/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 24 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03509-z

Even birds get divorced, and, as in humans, resource constraints can drive more couples to the brink.

Want research integrity? Stop the blame game

Mer, 24/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 24 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03493-4

Helping every scientist to improve is more effective than ferreting out a few frauds.

Women and the environment: power on the ground and in academia

Mer, 24/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 24 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03524-0

We taught a course that created a dialogue between academia and social movements.

How record wildfires are harming human health

Mer, 24/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 24 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03496-1

As fires get bigger and rage for more of the year, scientists are racing to understand the lingering impacts.

Researchers at risk in Afghanistan need better tools to find help

Mer, 24/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 24 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03515-1

Many organizations are ready to help threatened scholars and professionals — but those in peril often struggle to locate them.

COVID deaths, gravitational waves and pandemic PhD supervision

Mer, 24/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 24 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03494-3

The latest science news, in brief.

Venetian blinds

Mer, 24/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 24 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03525-z

A future in the past.

A COVID-19 peptide vaccine for the induction of SARS-CoV-2 T cell immunity

Mar, 23/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 23 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04232-5

A COVID-19 peptide vaccine for the induction of SARS-CoV-2 T cell immunity

From the archive

Mar, 23/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 23 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03457-8

Nature’s pages feature a look at the English chemist Joseph Priestley’s time in America, and an account of preparations to observe the 1871 solar eclipse.

Earth is headed for well over two degrees of warming

Mar, 23/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 23 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03507-1

Modellers look at how climate policies might change with time — and find a wide range of possible outcomes, none of them good.

Do vaccines protect against long COVID? What the data say

Mar, 23/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 23 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03495-2

Vaccines reduce the risk of developing COVID-19 — but studies disagree on their protective effect against long COVID.

US astronomy has ambitious plans — but it needs global partners

Mar, 23/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 23 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03514-2

Ten-year ‘decadal survey’ sets out plans for a ‘super Hubble’, powerful ground-based telescopes and opportunities for international collaboration.

Support deaf participants at virtual conferences

Mar, 23/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 23 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03487-2

Support deaf participants at virtual conferences