Latest Research

  • Letter |

    A robust ceramic/refractory metal (ZrC/W)-based composite for use in heat exchangers in concentrated solar power plants above 1,023 kelvin is described, having attractive high-temperature thermal, mechanical and chemical properties combined with cost-effective processing.

    • M. Caccia
    • , M. Tabandeh-Khorshid
    • , G. Itskos
    • , A. R. Strayer
    • , A. S. Caldwell
    • , S. Pidaparti
    • , S. Singnisai
    • , A. D. Rohskopf
    • , A. M. Schroeder
    • , D. Jarrahbashi
    • , T. Kang
    • , S. Sahoo
    • , N. R. Kadasala
    • , A. Marquez-Rossy
    • , M. H. Anderson
    • , E. Lara-Curzio
    • , D. Ranjan
    • , A. Henry
    •  & K. H. Sandhage
  • Article |

    An experimental measurement of the electric dipole moment of the electron with sensitivity an order of magnitude better than previous studies increases the accessible mass range of fundamental particles by a factor of three.

    • V. Andreev
    • , D. G. Ang
    • , D. DeMille
    • , J. M. Doyle
    • , G. Gabrielse
    • , J. Haefner
    • , N. R. Hutzler
    • , Z. Lasner
    • , C. Meisenhelder
    • , B. R. O’Leary
    • , C. D. Panda
    • , A. D. West
    • , E. P. West
    •  & X. Wu
  • Letter | | open

    Long-read sequencing allows the assembly of antigen-gene arrays in Trypanosoma brucei and, coupled with deletion experiments, demonstrates that histone variants act as a molecular link between genome architecture, chromatin conformation and antigen variation.

    • Laura S. M. Müller
    • , Raúl O. Cosentino
    • , Konrad U. Förstner
    • , Julien Guizetti
    • , Carolin Wedel
    • , Noam Kaplan
    • , Christian J. Janzen
    • , Panagiota Arampatzi
    • , Jörg Vogel
    • , Sascha Steinbiss
    • , Thomas D. Otto
    • , Antoine-Emmanuel Saliba
    • , Robert P. Sebra
    •  & T. Nicolai Siegel
  • Letter |

    The flight of dandelion seeds is enabled by an extraordinary vortex ring, which was revealed by the visualization of the flow around the seed.

    • Cathal Cummins
    • , Madeleine Seale
    • , Alice Macente
    • , Daniele Certini
    • , Enrico Mastropaolo
    • , Ignazio Maria Viola
    •  & Naomi Nakayama
  • Letter |

    A downward expansion of oxygen depletion in the eastern Pacific Ocean during the last ice age suggests an increase in the respired carbon reservoir, contributing to the lower levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide during this period.

    • Babette A. A. Hoogakker
    • , Zunli Lu
    • , Natalie Umling
    • , Luke Jones
    • , Xiaoli Zhou
    • , Rosalind E. M. Rickaby
    • , Robert Thunell
    • , Olivier Cartapanis
    •  & Eric Galbraith
  • Article |

    Tracking analyses of tens of thousands of individual chromatophores in freely behaving cephalopods enable studies of behaviour and development at cellular resolution.

    • Sam Reiter
    • , Philipp Hülsdunk
    • , Theodosia Woo
    • , Marcel A. Lauterbach
    • , Jessica S. Eberle
    • , Leyla Anne Akay
    • , Amber Longo
    • , Jakob Meier-Credo
    • , Friedrich Kretschmer
    • , Julian D. Langer
    • , Matthias Kaschube
    •  & Gilles Laurent
  • Letter |

    Near-atomic resolution cryo-electron microscopy structures of the Zaire ebolavirus nucleoprotein indicate a complex transition from the RNA-free to RNA-bound forms of the protein, and reveal the mechanism of oligomer formation and helical assembly.

    • Yukihiko Sugita
    • , Hideyuki Matsunami
    • , Yoshihiro Kawaoka
    • , Takeshi Noda
    •  & Matthias Wolf

Latest Reviews & Analysis

  • News & Views |

    A remarkable metal–ceramic composite material has been produced that could aid the development of the next generation of power plants — and might even have a role in curing the world of its addiction to fossil fuels.

    • Craig Turchi
  • News & Views |

    Pigmented cells in the skin of cuttlefish can contract or relax to produce different skin-colour patterns. Tracking the dynamics of these cells reveals how this display system develops, and how it is controlled.

    • Adrien Jouary
    •  & Christian K. Machens
  • News & Views |

    The parasite Trypanosoma brucei causes sleeping sickness. It evades human defences by changing the version of a protein that coats its surface. Analysis of its genome and nuclear structure clarifies this variation process.

    • Steve Kelly
    •  & Mark Carrington
  • News & Views |

    Efforts to find early traces of life on Earth often focus on structures in ancient rocks, called stromatolites, that formed by microbial activity. One of the oldest proposed stromatolite discoveries has now been questioned.

    • Mark A. van Zuilen
  • News & Views |

    An exotic ultracold gas known as a Bose–Einstein condensate has been produced and studied in space. Such gases could be used to build quantum sensors that probe the properties of the Universe with extreme precision.

    • Liang Liu
  • News & Views |

    In 1993, two papers reported observations of an astronomical phenomenon called gravitational microlensing. The results showed that microlensing could be used to probe the elusive dark matter that is thought to pervade the Universe.

    • Grzegorz Pietrzyński

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