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Volume 588 Issue 7839, 24 December 2020

One year. Ten stories.

As this difficult year draws to a close, we look back at the past 12 months through the lens of Nature’s 10 — ten people who helped to shape science during 2020. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the cover image reflects the biggest story of the year: the COVID-19 pandemic and the hunt for a vaccine. With the global effort to understand and combat the virus resulting in candidate vaccines gaining approval with unprecedented speed, there are hopes that the needle will help free the world from the grip of SARS-CoV-2.

Cover image: AXS Studio.

2020: the year in review

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This Week

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News in Focus

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Books & Arts

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  • Comment

  • Correspondence

    • Seven government researchers who helped to guide their governments’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic speak out.

      • Gordon Awandare
      • Emmanuel André
      • Mona Nemer
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  • News & Views

    • Populations of river fish are threatened by pressures on land and water resources. Networks of reserves managed by Indigenous people at community level offer a way to conserve fish diversity and enhance yields of nearby fisheries.

      • Edward H. Allison
      • Violet Cho
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    • Microscopy methods that reveal the spatial patterns of individual types of microbe are limited by the number of different species that can be monitored together. A new technique now provides progress on this front.

      • Jen Nguyen
      • Carolina Tropini
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    • Wetlands remove nitrate pollution from water effectively. An analysis shows that this effect is constrained in the United States by the distribution of wetlands, and could be increased by targeting wetland restoration to nitrate sources.

      • Jacques C. Finlay
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    • A 3D-printing technique has been developed that can produce millimetre- to centimetre-scale objects with micrometre-scale features. It relies on chemical reactions triggered by the intersection of two light beams.

      • Cameron Darkes-Burkey
      • Robert F. Shepherd
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  • Articles

  • Matters Arising

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Amendments & Corrections

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