Latest Research

  • Letter |

    A two-dimensional phononic quadrupole topological insulator is demonstrated experimentally using mechanical metamaterials, which has both the one-dimensional edge states and the zero-dimensional corner states predicted by theory.

    • Marc Serra-Garcia
    • , Valerio Peri
    • , Roman Süsstrunk
    • , Osama R. Bilal
    • , Tom Larsen
    • , Luis Guillermo Villanueva
    •  & Sebastian D. Huber
  • Letter |

    A high-throughput assay is used to analyse 40,000 potential extracellular domain interactions of a large family of plant cell surface receptors (LRR-RKs) and provide a cell surface interaction network for these receptors.

    • Elwira Smakowska-Luzan
    • , G. Adam Mott
    • , Katarzyna Parys
    • , Martin Stegmann
    • , Timothy C Howton
    • , Mehdi Layeghifard
    • , Jana Neuhold
    • , Anita Lehner
    • , Jixiang Kong
    • , Karin Grünwald
    • , Natascha Weinberger
    • , Santosh B. Satbhai
    • , Dominik Mayer
    • , Wolfgang Busch
    • , Mathias Madalinski
    • , Peggy Stolt-Bergner
    • , Nicholas J. Provart
    • , M. Shahid Mukhtar
    • , Cyril Zipfel
    • , Darrell Desveaux
    • , David S. Guttman
    •  & Youssef Belkhadir
  • Letter |

    In hybrid inviability between Xenopus laevis and Xenopus tropicalis, genomic regions on two X. laevis chromosomes are incompatible with the X. tropicalis cytoplasm and are mis-segregated during mitosis, leading to unbalanced gene expression at the maternal to zygotic transition, followed by cell-autonomous catastrophic embryo death.

    • Romain Gibeaux
    • , Rachael Acker
    • , Maiko Kitaoka
    • , Georgios Georgiou
    • , Ila van Kruijsbergen
    • , Breanna Ford
    • , Edward M. Marcotte
    • , Daniel K. Nomura
    • , Taejoon Kwon
    • , Gert Jan C. Veenstra
    •  & Rebecca Heald
  • Letter |

    Assessment of the impact of armed conflict on large herbivores in Africa between 1946 and 2010 reveals that high conflict frequency is an important predictor of wildlife population declines.

    • Joshua H. Daskin
    •  & Robert M. Pringle
  • Letter |

    The emission of singly ionized carbon is used to identify two galaxies with redshifts of nearly 7—corresponding to the Universe’s first billion years—and with velocity structures suggestive of rotation.

    • Renske Smit
    • , Rychard J. Bouwens
    • , Stefano Carniani
    • , Pascal A. Oesch
    • , Ivo Labbé
    • , Garth D. Illingworth
    • , Paul van der Werf
    • , Larry D. Bradley
    • , Valentino Gonzalez
    • , Jacqueline A. Hodge
    • , Benne W. Holwerda
    • , Roberto Maiolino
    •  & Wei Zheng
  • Letter |

    The lowest-energy exciton state in caesium lead halide perovskite nanocrystals is shown to be a bright triplet state, contrary to expectations that lowest-energy excitons should always be dark.

    • Michael A. Becker
    • , Roman Vaxenburg
    • , Georgian Nedelcu
    • , Peter C. Sercel
    • , Andrew Shabaev
    • , Michael J. Mehl
    • , John G. Michopoulos
    • , Samuel G. Lambrakos
    • , Noam Bernstein
    • , John L. Lyons
    • , Thilo Stöferle
    • , Rainer F. Mahrt
    • , Maksym V. Kovalenko
    • , David J. Norris
    • , Gabriele Rainò
    •  & Alexander L. Efros
  • Letter |

    Polarimetric observations of the repeating fast radio burst source FRB 121102 suggest that the bursts may originate from a neutron star in the extreme magneto-ionic environment of an accreting massive black hole or supernova remnant.

    • D. Michilli
    • , A. Seymour
    • , J. W. T. Hessels
    • , L. G. Spitler
    • , V. Gajjar
    • , A. M. Archibald
    • , G. C. Bower
    • , S. Chatterjee
    • , J. M. Cordes
    • , K. Gourdji
    • , G. H. Heald
    • , V. M. Kaspi
    • , C. J. Law
    • , C. Sobey
    • , E. A. K. Adams
    • , C. G. Bassa
    • , S. Bogdanov
    • , C. Brinkman
    • , P. Demorest
    • , F. Fernandez
    • , G. Hellbourg
    • , T. J. W. Lazio
    • , R. S. Lynch
    • , N. Maddox
    • , B. Marcote
    • , M. A. McLaughlin
    • , Z. Paragi
    • , S. M. Ransom
    • , P. Scholz
    • , A. P. V. Siemion
    • , S. P. Tendulkar
    • , P. Van Rooy
    • , R. S. Wharton
    •  & D. Whitlow

Latest Reviews & Analysis

  • News & Views |

    In 1938, two studies demonstrated that liquid helium-4 flows without friction or viscosity at temperatures close to absolute zero. The finding led to major advances in our understanding of low-temperature physics.

    • William P. Halperin
  • News & Views |

    Compounds have been made that activate only the G-protein signalling pathway when bound to the µ-opioid receptor — the target of opioid pain relievers. These compounds lack one of the main side effects of currently used opioids.

    • Susruta Majumdar
    •  & Lakshmi A. Devi
  • News & Views |

    A material from the perovskite family of semiconductors emits light much more efficiently than expected. The explanation for this anomalous behaviour could lead to improvements in light-emitting technology.

    • Michele Saba
  • News & Views |

    The rotation rate of a comet more than halved in two months — a much greater change than has previously been observed. This suggests that the comet is in a distinct evolutionary state and might soon reorient itself. 

    • Jessica Agarwal
  • News & Views |

    Neuronal activity induces changes in the connectivity of a neuron called DVB in adult male nematode worms. This discovery provides an opportunity to study a fundamental process in this powerful model organism.

    • Scott W. Emmons
  • News & Views |

    The catalysts conventionally used for industrially important hydrogenation reactions are expensive and generate toxic residues. Catalysts have now been reported that might lead to cheaper, less toxic alternatives.

    • Douglas W. Stephan

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Energy transitions

Sébastien Thibault

Energy transitions

Fossil fuels are on the way out, but slowly. Their exit has massive ramifications for many sectors and is causing ripples in both politics and society.

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