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Honey bee workers take on different tasks as they age. The authors study the individuals' social networks and show that interaction patterns predict task allocation and developmental trajectories.

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  • Identifying optimal materials in multiobjective optimization problems represents a challenge for new materials design approaches. Here the authors develop an active-learning algorithm to optimize the Pareto-optimal solutions successfully applied to the in silico polymer design for a dispersant-based application.

    • Kevin Maik Jablonka
    • Giriprasad Melpatti Jothiappan
    • Brian Yoo
    Article Open Access
  • Silica-supported, single site, main group Zn(II) and Ga(III) ions catalyze ethylene and propylene oligomerization. Here, experimental and theoretical evidence suggests a Cossee-Arlman reaction mechanism similar to that for transition metal catalysts.

    • Nicole J. LiBretto
    • Yinan Xu
    • Jeffrey T. Miller
    Article Open Access
  • Tracking the evolution of non-equilibrium phases requires measurements over a wide range of timescales. Here, using a combination of femtosecond spectroscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy, the authors map out a temporal phase diagram of metastable states in a charge-ordered material 1T-TaS2.

    • Jan Ravnik
    • Michele Diego
    • Dragan Mihailovic
    Article Open Access

Subjects within Physical sciences

  • The global agrarian transition is characterized by a rise in large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs), whose energy impacts are unknown. Here, the authors assess how LSLAs change land use, finding that they necessitate greater investment in energy to meet demands, and greater greenhouse gas emissions.

    • Lorenzo Rosa
    • Maria Cristina Rulli
    • Paolo D’Odorico
    Article Open Access
  • Stratification has a considerable influence on lake ecology, but there is little understanding of past or future changes in its seasonality. Here, the authors use modelling and empirical data to determine that between 1901–2099, climate change causes stratification to start earlier and end later.

    • R. Iestyn Woolway
    • Sapna Sharma
    • Eleanor Jennings
    Article Open Access
  • The role of non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) in mediating the impacts of drought in tropical trees is unclear. Here, the authors analyse leaf and branch NSC in 82 Amazon tree species across a Basin-wide precipitation gradient, finding that allocation of leaf NSC to soluble sugars is higher in drier sites and is coupled to tree hydraulic status.

    • Caroline Signori-Müller
    • Rafael S. Oliveira
    • David Galbraith
    Article Open Access
  • Ocean warming and changing circulation as a result of climate change are driving down oxygen levels and threatening ecosystems. Here the author shows that though immediate cessation of anthropogenic CO2 emissions would halt upper ocean oxygen loss, it would continue in the deep ocean for 100 s of years.

    • Andreas Oschlies
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  • Many trajectories for reaching climate change mitigation targets exaggerate the long-term need for CO2 removal (CDR) because they assume an exponentially increasing carbon price. Here the authors analyse alternative carbon price pathways that halt warming while limiting CDR, and may be easier to implement.

    • Jessica Strefler
    • Elmar Kriegler
    • Ottmar Edenhofer
    Article Open Access

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  • The detailed mechanisms of action of bactericidal antibiotics remain unclear. Here, Wong et al. show that these antibiotics induce cytoplasmic condensation through membrane damage and outflow of cytoplasmic contents, as well as accumulation of reactive metabolic by-products and lipid peroxidation, as part of their lethality.

    • Felix Wong
    • Jonathan M. Stokes
    • James J. Collins
    Article Open Access
  • Defects in the Casparian strip, a fine band of lignin that seals root endodermal cells and plays roles in nutrient homeostasis, activate a signaling pathway leading to over-lignification. Here, the authors show that this process leads to the deposition of compensatory lignin that is chemically distinct from Casparian strip lignin.

    • Guilhem Reyt
    • Priya Ramakrishna
    • David E. Salt
    Article Open Access
  • Autophagic degradation of proteins and organelles is well studied, but the role of autophagy in RNA regulation is unclear. Here, the authors profile mRNAs targeted to the vacuole in yeast and observe autophagy-mediated mRNA degradation is not random but rather is a preferential process.

    • Shiho Makino
    • Tomoko Kawamata
    • Yoshinori Ohsumi
    Article Open Access
  • The role of non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) in mediating the impacts of drought in tropical trees is unclear. Here, the authors analyse leaf and branch NSC in 82 Amazon tree species across a Basin-wide precipitation gradient, finding that allocation of leaf NSC to soluble sugars is higher in drier sites and is coupled to tree hydraulic status.

    • Caroline Signori-Müller
    • Rafael S. Oliveira
    • David Galbraith
    Article Open Access

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Subjects within Health sciences

  • Adverse climatic conditions are commonly reported to shape asylum migration, but their effect relative to other drivers is unknown. Here the authors compare climatic, economic, and political factors as predictors of future asylum flows to the EU and find that war and repression are the most important factors.

    • Sebastian Schutte
    • Jonas Vestby
    • Halvard Buhaug
    Article Open Access
  • The value assessment of job skills is critical for companies to select and retain the right talent and for individuals to develop them. Here the authors show that a data-driven method based on an enhanced neural network can assign meaningful value to job skills in a quantitative way and outperforms benchmark models for job salary prediction.

    • Ying Sun
    • Fuzhen Zhuang
    • Hui Xiong
    Article Open Access
  • Recent technological, social, and educational changes are profoundly impacting our work, but what makes labour markets resilient to those labour shocks? Here, the authors show that labour markets resemble ecological systems whose resilience depends critically on the network of skill similarities between different jobs.

    • Esteban Moro
    • Morgan R. Frank
    • Iyad Rahwan
    Article Open Access

Subjects within Scientific community and society

  • Precise knowledge of chemical composition and atomic structure of functional nanosized systems, such as metal clusters stabilized by an organic molecular layer, allows for detailed computational work to investigate structure-property relations. Here, we discuss selected recent examples of computational work that has advanced understanding of how these clusters work in catalysis, how they interact with biological systems, and how they can make self-assembled, macroscopic materials. A growing challenge is to develop effective new simulation methods that take into account the cluster-environment interactions. These new hybrid methods are likely to contain components from electronic structure theory combined with machine learning algorithms for accelerated evaluations of atom-atom interactions.

    • Sami Malola
    • Hannu Häkkinen
    Comment Open Access
  • Equitable partnerships among the international volcano science community are important now more than ever, to cope with financial disparities and ultimately allow for worldwide volcano monitoring oriented to hazard mitigation.

    Editorial Open Access
  • The various restrictions applied across the globe to contain the COVID-19 pandemic have been impacting the way we knew how to work. Dr. Matthews (a scientific program manager at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke—NINDS), Dr. David del Álamo Rodriguez (head of the European Molecular Biology Organization—EMBO—fellowship program), and Dr. Gray (Associate Dean for the Sciences at the Advanced Science Research Center of the City University of New York) shared with Nature Communications their thoughts on how funders and university leadership can support early career researchers and young faculty through the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Q&A Open Access
  • The various restrictions applied across the globe to contain the COVID-19 pandemic have been impacting the way we knew how to work. Ms. Wilson (a PhD student in Earth System Science at Stanford University), Dr. Xin (a glia biologist and postdoctoral fellow at University of California San Francisco), and Dr. Saidaminov (a researcher in advanced functional materials and Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria) shared with Nature Communications their thoughts on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their professional development and career progression and their coping strategies.

    Q&A Open Access
  • Replication inside macrophages is crucial for systemic dissemination of Salmonella in hosts. In a Nature Communications article, Jiang et al. show that Salmonella stimulates glycolysis and represses serine synthesis in macrophages, leading to accumulation of host glycolytic intermediates that the bacteria use as carbon source and as cues for its replication.

    • Deyanira Pérez-Morales
    • Víctor H. Bustamante
    Comment Open Access
  • Liver cancer typically arises after years of inflammatory insults to hepatocytes. These cells can change their ploidy state during health and disease. Whilst polyploidy may offer some protection, new research shows it may also promote the formation of liver tumours.

    • Miryam Müller
    • Stephanie May
    • Thomas G. Bird
    Comment Open Access
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