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Volume 600 Issue 7890, 23 December 2021

One year. Ten stories.

As 2021 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 the year. The cover explores the interconnected relationships of lifeforms on planet Earth — on oceans, land and air, and from microscopic organisms to the largest mammals. The vulnerability of our planet was a strong theme this year with global negotiations aimed at protecting biodiversity and averting the worst impacts of climate change.

Cover image: Elena Galofaro Bansh

This Week

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News in Focus

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  • Feature

    • The impact on careers of a lingering pandemic and industrial unrest were among the challenges faced by working scientists in the past 12 months

      • Chris Woolston


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  • Technology Feature

  • Where I Work

    • As part of his PhD research into the effects of farming and hunting on endangered bird populations in Spain, Xabier Cabodevilla tracked birds and collected faecal samples from roosting sites.

      • Jack Leeming
      Where I Work
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Career Guide

  • Conferences remain an essential part of any scientist's life.

    Career Guide
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