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Volume 601 Issue 7892, 13 January 2022

Rain stops gain

The cover shows heavy storms over Ostfriesland in Germany. In general, economic assessments of the effects of climate change do not include daily rainfall. In this week’s issue, Leonie Wenz and her colleagues show that economic growth rates are reduced by increases in the number of wet days and in extreme daily rainfall. The researchers analysed a global panel of subnational economic output for 1,554 regions worldwide over the past 40 years. They also found that high-income nations and the services and manufacturing sectors were most hindered by daily rainfall. They suggest that increased extreme rainfall driven by climate change will have a detrimental effect on the global economy.

Cover image: Rolf Poetsch/Chromorange/Alamy

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  • News & Views

    • Excessive rainfall can cause catastrophic socio-economic losses to a community or nation. An analysis of changes in gross regional product identifies ways in which extreme precipitation affects global economic productivity.

      • Xin-Zhong Liang
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    • A microorganism that dwells in an underground oil reservoir has been found to degrade various petroleum compounds and use them to produce methane through a previously unreported biochemical pathway.

      • Guillaume Borrel
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    • The curious electrical resistance that gives strange metals their name has been seen in a failed superconductor, in which disorder interferes with the material’s ability to achieve zero resistance below a critical temperature.

      • Nicholas P. Breznay
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    • Beads made from ostrich eggshells, produced by people over the past 50,000 years, provide evidence for a long period of social connection between eastern and southern Africa, followed by isolation and then reconnection.

      • Benjamin R. Collins
      • Amy Hatton
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  • Articles

    • Strange metallicity—in particular, resistance that is linear in temperature and magnetic field—is observed in a nanopatterned YBa2Cu3O7−δ bosonic system.

      • Chao Yang
      • Haiwen Liu
      • Yanrong Li
    • A global assessment shows that increases in the number of wet days and extreme daily rainfall adversely affect economic growth, particularly in high-income nations and via the services and manufacturing sectors.

      • Maximilian Kotz
      • Anders Levermann
      • Leonie Wenz
    • A survey of species-level genes from 13,174 publicly available metagenomes shows that most species-level genes are specific to a single habitat, encode a small number of protein families and are under low positive (adaptive) pressure.

      • Luis Pedro Coelho
      • Renato Alves
      • Peer Bork
    • ‘Candidatus Methanoliparum’ overexpresses genes encoding alkyl-coenzyme M and methyl-coenzyme M reductases—markers of archaeal multicarbon alkane and methane metabolism—and thrives on a variety of long-chain alkanes and n-alkylcyclohexanes, and n-alkylbenzenes with long n-alkyl (C≥13) moieties.

      • Zhuo Zhou
      • Cui-jing Zhang
      • Lei Cheng
    • An analysis of cancer mortality data for zoo mammals highlights marked differences across mammalian orders and an influence of diet, and shows that mortality risk is largely independent of body mass and life expectancy across species.

      • Orsolya Vincze
      • Fernando Colchero
      • Mathieu Giraudeau
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    • Cryo-electron microscopy structures of the sodium–glucose cotransporter SGLT1 and a related transporter SMCT1 define the architecture of this protein family and provide insights into substrate binding and transport function.

      • Lei Han
      • Qianhui Qu
      • Liang Feng
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