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  • A Review of studies into insulin resistance and hepatic gluconeogenesis associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes.

    • Michael Roden
    • Gerald I. Shulman
    Review Article
  • How Nature reported the evolution of the dragon in 1919, and plants that move spasmodically in 1869.

    News & Views
  • Drug resistance in malaria parasites is mediated by mutations in a transporter protein. The transporter’s structure reveals the molecular basis of how key mutations bring about resistance to different drugs.

    • Leann Tilley
    • Philip J. Rosenthal
    News & Views
  • A molecular catalyst dispersed on carbon nanotubes has been found to catalyse the electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide to methanol — a liquid fuel and industrially useful bulk chemical.

    • Xin-Ming Hu
    • Kim Daasbjerg
    News & Views
  • The finding that a thin sheet of fibrous tissue under the skin contains a prefabricated, movable cellular sealant that can heal deep wounds might have implications for the treatment of scars and ulcers.

    • Mark C. Coles
    • Christopher D. Buckley
    News & Views
  • Scientists have engineered semiconducting nanocrystals called quantum dots that lack toxic heavy metals and are highly efficient light emitters. These nanostructures might be used in displays, solar cells and light-emitting diodes.

    • Alexander L. Efros
    News & Views
  • The configuration of middle-ear bones in an ancient fossil suggests that specializations suited to eating plants might have influenced how the jaw joint evolved to form the mammal’s ear.

    • Anne Weil
    News & Views
  • The authors review the advantages and future prospects of neuromorphic computing, a multidisciplinary engineering concept for energy-efficient artificial intelligence with brain-inspired functionality.

    • Kaushik Roy
    • Akhilesh Jaiswal
    • Priyadarshini Panda
  • How Nature reported a fungus responsible for a potato-tuber disease in 1919 and a look-back on the history of astronomy in 1869.

    News & Views
  • A sophisticated imaging pipeline has been developed to track neurons in early-stage zebrafish embryos over time and space. It reveals how newborn neurons come together to build a spinal cord capable of locomotion.

    • Kristen P. D’Elia
    • David Schoppik
    News & Views
  • Two studies in flies reveal the mechanism by which the brain’s directional system learns to align information about self-orientation with environmental landmarks — a process crucial for accurate navigation.

    • Malcolm G. Campbell
    • Lisa M. Giocomo
    News & Views
  • Cosmic explosions called γ-ray bursts are the most energetic bursting events in the Universe. Observations of extremely high-energy emission from two γ-ray bursts provide a new way to study these gigantic explosions.

    • Bing Zhang
    News & Views
  • Conventional technologies for virtual and augmented reality simulate interactive experiences through visual and auditory stimuli. A technology that adds sensations of touch could find uses in areas from gaming to prosthetic feedback.

    • Xiao-ming Tao
    News & Views
  • How Nature reported the hatching of a penguin chick at Edinburgh Zoo in 1919, and a golden age for astrophysics in the 1960s.

    News & Views
  • Graphene coated with nanoparticles has been used to make wearable light sensors that measure the human pulse and blood oxygen levels from ambient light passing through tissue, offering a potential platform for health-care monitoring.

    • Deji Akinwande
    • Dmitry Kireev
    News & Views
  • A crystal’s surface has been found to behave as a distinct material that has temperature-dependent electrical polarization — despite the rest of the crystal being non-polar.

    • Gustau Catalan
    • Beatriz Noheda
    News & Views
  • Treatment options are limited for alcoholic hepatitis, a liver disease associated with high alcohol intake. Studies in mice reveal that the microorganisms responsible for this condition can be tackled by a viral treatment.

    • Martha R. J. Clokie
    News & Views
  • Ultrasensitive experiments on trapped antiprotons provide a window onto possible differences between matter and antimatter. Now they could also shed light on the identity of dark matter — the ‘missing’ mass in the Universe.

    • Gianpaolo Carosi
    News & Views
  • A multi-nozzle system has been devised that allows the 3D printing of objects using several viscous materials, thereby allowing control over the material properties of objects at the submillimetre scale.

    • Johannes T. B. Overvelde
    News & Views