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Impact of pulmonary African trypanosomes on the immunology and function of the lung

Sleeping sickness is a disease caused by Trypanosoma parasites. Mabille et al. study how the parasites (colourized in the image) affect respiratory function and lung immune responses.


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  • The Schmidt reaction enables nitrogen insertion across an aldehyde or ketone substrate by frequently using azide reagents. Here, the authors show a Schmidt reaction of aryldiazonium salts as a replacement of azide reagents to access skeletally diverse cyclic lactams.

    • Fan-Tao Meng
    • Ya-Nan Wang
    • Bo Jiang
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  • In situ generated lesion of red blood cells decreases the quality of stored blood and limits its shelf-life. Here, the authors demonstrate that intermittent scavenging of storage lesions using electrostatic interactions by nanofibrous sheets could enhance the quality and shelf-life of stored blood.

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    • Praveen Kumar Vemula
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  • Here the authors experimentally demonstrate a maximally charged Weyl point in a three dimensional photonic crystal, with topological charge of four — the maximal charge number that a two-fold Weyl point can host, which supports quadruple-helicoid Fermi arcs

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    • Fujia Chen
    • Yihao Yang
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  • Nanoplastic contamination is a serious environmental concern and could have implications on plant life depending upon interactions. Here, the authors study the effect of size and charge on the accumulation and uptake of model polymer nanoparticles by plant roots which has implications for environmental exposure and nanoparticle delivery to plants.

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    • Richard M. Napier
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  • Here the authors, by using data from three electrical companies in the USA, find that the recovery duration of an outage is connected with the downtime of its nearby outages and blackout intensity and present a cluster-based recovery framework.

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  • Misinformation online can be shared by major political figures and organizations. Here, the authors developed a method to measure exposure to information from these sources on Twitter, and show how exposure relates to the quality of the content people share and their political ideology.

    • Mohsen Mosleh
    • David G. Rand
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  • The COVID-19 pandemic has stimulated an important changes in online information access. Here, the authors analyse everyday web search interactions across 25,150 US ZIP codes revealing significant differences in how digital informational resources are mobilized by different communities.

    • Jina Suh
    • Eric Horvitz
    • Tim Althoff
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  • Systemic risk and bank bailout approaches have been the source of discussions on scientific, financial and governmental forums. An artificial intelligence technique is proposed to inform equitable bailout decisions that minimise taxpayers’ losses.

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    • Neofytos Rodosthenous
    • Vito Latora
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  • In this study, the authors provide a global overview of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing, and estimate the proportion of cases sequenced and time to genome upload. They identify disparities and highlight the need to strengthen surveillance in lower and middle income countries.

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  • Since 2020 Nature Communications has been considering Registered Reports for publication in the areas of cognitive neuroscience, human behaviour and psychology, and epidemiology. We are excited to announce the publication of our first Registered Report. With this milestone, we also want to open the format to all other areas of research.

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  • We recently published our first Registered Report entitled ‘Value-free random exploration is linked to impulsivity’. We believe the format offers many benefits to strengthen hypothesis-driven research and are keen to share our experience with our readers as we open up the format to all fields of research. We interviewed the authors of the manuscript (Magda Dubois and Tobias Hauser) and one of the reviewers (Trevor Robbins) about their experience of the review process. We are editorially committed to take their comments on board to further improve our guidance and to optimally support our future authors.

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  • Nature Communications is now welcoming Registered Report submissions from all fields of research (read our editorial here), and we want to encourage submissions from the ecology and evolutionary biology fields. To introduce this format to researchers in those fields, we interviewed two founding members of the Society for Open, Reliable, and Transparent Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (SORTEE), a network of researchers aimed at improving research practices in ecology, evolutionary biology, and related fields: Shinichi Nakagawa (Professor of Evolutionary Ecology and Synthesis at the University of New South Wales, UNSW) and Rose O’Dea (Secretary of SORTEE, postdoctoral researcher and fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin). Below, they share their thoughts on how the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology can advance in reproducibility and transparency.

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  • While there are a growing number of human pluripotent stem cell repositories, genetic diversity remains limited in most collections and studies. Here, we discuss the importance of incorporating diverse ancestries in these models to improve equity and accelerate biological discovery.

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  • Rivers and streams are increasingly drying with climate change and biogeochemical impacts may be important. In this comment the authors discuss the challenges to the biogeochemistry of non-perennial rivers and streams, and what can be done to tackle them.

    • Margaret A. Zimmer
    • Amy J. Burgin
    • Jacob Hosen
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  • Financing of urban greening has traditionally prioritized economic growth. Here the authors argue for action to ensure more socially just green financing.

    • Melissa García-Lamarca
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    • Kayin Venner
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