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  • Alphaviruses are transmitted by mosquitoes to many species, and can be fatal to humans. The identification of virus receptors that are evolutionarily conserved between mosquitoes and humans might explain the wide range of viral hosts.

    • Caroline K. Martin
    • Margaret Kielian
    News & Views
  • Archival images of glacial ice on a Norwegian archipelago, together with the islands’ climatic diversity, enable application of an innovative method for making long-term projections of ice loss using short-term observations.

    • Twila A. Moon
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  • The chirality, or handedness, of nanoparticles is shown to be a key factor in determining how well such particles engage with the immune system — a finding that might help to inform the design of vaccines and anticancer therapeutics.

    • Alexander Hooftman
    • Luke A. J. O’Neill
    News & Views
  • A silicon-based quantum-computing platform has met key standards for reducing error — setting the stage for quantum devices that could benefit from established semiconductor microchip technologies.

    • Ada Warren
    • Sophia E. Economou
    News & Views
  • Nature’s pages feature an example of how science aided the turkey industry, and report observations of a solar eclipse.

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  • 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.

    • Xin-Zhong Liang
    News & Views
  • 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.

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

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  • The nervous and immune systems interact in a bidirectional manner. It emerges that inflammation in the body activates brain cells that, when later reactivated, can trigger a recapitulation of the inflammatory response.

    • David Brea
    • Henrique Veiga-Fernandes
    News & Views
  • A comparison of the charge-to-mass ratio for the proton and the antiproton has been performed with record-breaking precision — the best such test yet for a mirror-like symmetry that relates matter and antimatter.

    • Ralf Lehnert
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  • A combination of standard and new observational techniques has been used to detect the magnetic field of a molecular cloud — a region of the interstellar medium that collapses during star formation. The results suggest that such clouds are primed for collapse earlier than was typically assumed.

    Research Briefing
  • Cell-free RNA transcripts in maternal blood can be analysed to monitor the progression of pregnancy and to predict a potentially harmful pregnancy-specific condition called pre‑eclampsia.

    • Lydia L. Shook
    • Andrea G. Edlow
    News & Views
  • Efforts to prove Fermat’s last theorem, and a bewildered translator tackles a book about birds.

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  • The production of blood cells, including some immune cells, relies heavily on the bone-marrow microenvironment. Cardiovascular diseases are now found to corrupt this niche, leading to imbalances in blood-cell production.

    • Tomer Itkin
    • Shahin Rafii
    News & Views
  • An investigation into the nature of genetic connections between individuals interred in the same chambers of an ancient tomb in Britain about 5,700 years ago sheds light on kinship in an early society.

    • Neil Carlin
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  • A microorganism that dwells in an underground oil reservoir has been found to degrade various petroleum compounds and use them to produce methane through a previously unreported biochemical pathway.

    • Guillaume Borrel
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  • Advances in the precision of radiocarbon dating can offer year-specific data. Analyses of archaeological sites in Denmark and Canada provide insights into the chronology of the global networks of the Viking Age.

    • James H. Barrett
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