Brief Communications

  • Brief Communication |

    • John Collinge
    • , Zane Jaunmuktane
    • , Simon Mead
    • , Peter Rudge
    •  & Sebastian Brandner
  • Brief Communication |

    • Jeremy C. Palmer
    • , Fausto Martelli
    • , Yang Liu
    • , Roberto Car
    • , Athanassios Z. Panagiotopoulos
    •  & Pablo G. Debenedetti
  • Brief Communication |

    Should males and females be kept together to avoid triggering virgin birth in these endangered reptiles?

    • Phillip C. Watts
    • , Kevin R. Buley
    • , Stephanie Sanderson
    • , Wayne Boardman
    • , Claudio Ciofi
    •  & Richard Gibson
  • Brief Communication |

    Amber as old as the first dinosaurs captured the diversity of microbial life 220 million years ago.

    • Alexander R. Schmidt
    • , Eugenio Ragazzi
    • , Olimpia Coppellotti
    •  & Guido Roghi
  • Brief Communication |

    • Tulio de Oliveira
    • , Oliver G. Pybus
    • , Andrew Rambaut
    • , Marco Salemi
    • , Sharon Cassol
    • , Massimo Ciccozzi
    • , Giovanni Rezza
    • , Guido Castelli Gattinara
    • , Roberta D'Arrigo
    • , Massimo Amicosante
    • , Luc Perrin
    • , Vittorio Colizzi
    • , Carlo Federico Perno
    •  &  Benghazi Study Group
  • Brief Communication |

    The material used by the old masters to make exquisite violins may have been chemically manipulated.

    • Joseph Nagyvary
    • , Joseph A. DiVerdi
    • , Noel L. Owen
    •  & H. Dennis Tolley
  • Brief Communication |

    Crucibles popular in the Middle Ages owed their success to an ingredient used in modern ceramics.

    • Marcos Martinón-Torres
    • , Thilo Rehren
    •  & Ian C. Freestone
  • Brief Communication |

    • Thomas Einwögerer
    • , Herwig Friesinger
    • , Marc Händel
    • , Christine Neugebauer-Maresch
    • , Ulrich Simon
    •  & Maria Teschler-Nicola
  • Brief Communication |

    Light flashes sparked by acoustic shock waves far outshine those created by manual crushing.

    • Nathan C. Eddingsaas
    •  & Kenneth S. Suslick
  • Brief Communication |

    • Fran Van Heuverswyn
    • , Yingying Li
    • , Cecile Neel
    • , Elizabeth Bailes
    • , Brandon F. Keele
    • , Weimin Liu
    • , Severin Loul
    • , Christelle Butel
    • , Florian Liegeois
    • , Yanga Bienvenue
    • , Eitel Mpoudi Ngolle
    • , Paul M. Sharp
    • , George M. Shaw
    • , Eric Delaporte
    • , Beatrice H. Hahn
    •  & Martine Peeters
  • Brief Communication |

    These monstrous birds were probably more agile and less portly than previously thought.

    • Luis M. Chiappe
    •  & Sara Bertelli
  • Brief Communication |

    A single optical fibre acts as a flexible probe to transmit a superior image of an internal landscape.

    • D. Yelin
    • , I. Rizvi
    • , W. M. White
    • , J. T. Motz
    • , T. Hasan
    • , B. E. Bouma
    •  & G. J. Tearney
  • Brief Communication |

    The rods in salamanders' retinas can co-opt a molecule derived from chlorophyll to detect red light.

    • T. Isayama
    • , D. Alexeev
    • , C. L. Makino
    • , I. Washington
    • , K. Nakanishi
    •  & N. J. Turro
  • Brief Communication |

    Oncogenes, rather than DNA damage, may provide the key signal to p53 to trigger tumour suppression.

    • Alejo Efeyan
    • , Isabel Garcia-Cao
    • , Daniel Herranz
    • , Susana Velasco-Miguel
    •  & Manuel Serrano
  • Brief Communication |

    Waters moving east through the Arctic Ocean significantly contribute to nitrogen fixation in the Atlantic.

    • Michiyo Yamamoto-Kawai
    • , Eddy Carmack
    •  & Fiona McLaughlin
  • Brief Communication |

    Given the right circumstances, even an amoeba chooses to be altruistic towards its relatives.

    • Natasha J. Mehdiabadi
    • , Chandra N. Jack
    • , Tiffany Talley Farnham
    • , Thomas G. Platt
    • , Sara E. Kalla
    • , Gad Shaulsky
    • , David C. Queller
    •  & Joan E. Strassmann
  • Brief Communication |

    • Nadine L. Vastenhouw
    • , Karin Brunschwig
    • , Kristy L. Okihara
    • , Fritz Müller
    • , Marcel Tijsterman
    •  & Ronald H. A. Plasterk
  • Brief Communication |

    A chink in the protection of a caged flock can dramatically increase the chances of a flu outbreak.

    • Nicholas J. Savill
    • , Suzanne G. St Rose
    • , Matthew J. Keeling
    •  & Mark E. J. Woolhouse
  • Brief Communication |

    Pollinators may be seeking more than just food as a reward when they choose one flower over another.

    • Adrian G. Dyer
    • , Heather M. Whitney
    • , Sarah E. J. Arnold
    • , Beverley J. Glover
    •  & Lars Chittka
  • Brief Communication |

    Long-range hydrophobic interactions operating underwater are important in the mediation of many natural and synthetic phenomena.

    • Seema Singh
    • , Jack Houston
    • , Frank van Swol
    •  & C. Jeffrey Brinker
  • Brief Communication |

    Small temperature changes can affect the packing of granular materials without mechanical disturbance.

    • K. Chen
    • , J. Cole
    • , C. Conger
    • , J. Draskovic
    • , M. Lohr
    • , K. Klein
    • , T. Scheidemantel
    •  & P. Schiffer
  • Brief Communication |

    Laser-trapped atoms in strings can be deftly rearranged and the spacing between them precisely adjusted.

    • Yevhen Miroshnychenko
    • , Wolfgang Alt
    • , Igor Dotsenko
    • , Leonid Förster
    • , Mkrtych Khudaverdyan
    • , Dieter Meschede
    • , Dominik Schrader
    •  & Arno Rauschenbeutel
  • Brief Communication |

    Phylogenetic analysis reveals that this deadly virus first arrived in Africa from different sources.

    • M. F. Ducatez
    • , C. M. Olinger
    • , A. A. Owoade
    • , S. De Landtsheer
    • , W. Ammerlaan
    • , H. G. M. Niesters
    • , A. D. M. E. Osterhaus
    • , R. A. M. Fouchier
    •  & C. P. Muller
  • Brief Communication |

    An orchid that flowers in harsh conditions pollinates itself unassisted by any of the usual agents.

    • Ke-Wei Liu
    • , Zhong-Jian Liu
    • , LaiQiang Huang
    • , Li-Qiang Li
    • , Li-Jun Chen
    •  & Guang-Da Tang
  • Brief Communication |

    A subsidence map of the city offers insight into the failure of the levees during Hurricane Katrina.

    • Timothy H. Dixon
    • , Falk Amelung
    • , Alessandro Ferretti
    • , Fabrizio Novali
    • , Fabio Rocca
    • , Roy Dokka
    • , Giovanni Sella
    • , Sang-Wan Kim
    • , Shimon Wdowinski
    •  & Dean Whitman
  • Brief Communication |

    These gregarious animals shun lobsters that carry a lethal virus, even when they still seem to be healthy.

    • Donald C. Behringer
    • , Mark J. Butler
    •  & Jeffrey D. Shields
  • Brief Communication |

    Putty-nosed monkeys rely on two basic calling sounds to construct a message of utmost urgency.

    • Kate Arnold
    •  & Klaus Zuberbühler
  • Brief Communication |

    Underwater backswimmers use their haemoglobin to help them stay stationary while waiting for prey.

    • Philip G. D. Matthews
    •  & Roger S. Seymour
  • Brief Communication |

    Insight into risks posed by corrective gene therapy comes from an immunodeficient mouse model.

    • Niels-Bjarne Woods
    • , Virginie Bottero
    • , Manfred Schmidt
    • , Christof von Kalle
    •  & Inder M. Verma
  • Brief Communication |

    This denizen of tropical swamps may shed light on how ancient fish were able to survive out of water.

    • Sam Van Wassenbergh
    • , Anthony Herrel
    • , Dominique Adriaens
    • , Frank Huysentruyt
    • , Stijn Devaere
    •  & Peter Aerts
  • Brief Communication |

    Flint tips were surprisingly effective for drilling tooth enamel in a prehistoric population.

    • A. Coppa
    • , L. Bondioli
    • , A. Cucina
    • , D. W. Frayer
    • , C. Jarrige
    • , J. -F. Jarrige
    • , G. Quivron
    • , M. Rossi
    • , M. Vidale
    •  & R. Macchiarelli