The mathematical strategy that could transform coronavirus testing

Four charts show how pooling samples from many people can save time or resources.


  • A mobile robot autonomously operates analytical instruments in a wet chemistry laboratory, performing a photocatalyst optimization task much faster than a human would be able to.

    • Benjamin Burger
    • Phillip M. Maffettone
    • Andrew I. Cooper
  • In mice, persistent activation of mitochondrial cannabinoid receptors in astroglia impairs cellular glucose metabolism and lactate production, leading to an increase in redox stress in neurons and altered behavioural responses.

    • Daniel Jimenez-Blasco
    • Arnau Busquets-Garcia
    • Giovanni Marsicano
  • A detailed assessment of the techno-economic potential of enhanced rock weathering on croplands identifies national CO2 removal potentials, costs and engineering challenges if it were to be scaled up to help meet ambitious global CO2 removal targets.

    • David J. Beerling
    • Euripides P. Kantzas
    • Steven A. Banwart
  • Resequencing analyses of three species of wild sunflower identify large non-recombining haplotype blocks that correlate with ecologically relevant traits, soil and climate characteristics, and that differentiate species ecotypes.

    • Marco Todesco
    • Gregory L. Owens
    • Loren H. Rieseberg
The Spinoff Prize 2020

The Spinoff Prize 2020

The application of science to real-world problems drives economies and improves lives. Nature is shining a spotlight on some of the brightest entrepreneurial ventures by profiling the 12 finalists of The Spinoff Prize – a new competition showcasing start-ups originating in academic labs.
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