Social networks predict the life and death of honey bees

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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  • For widespread technological application of nonlinear photonic integrated circuits, ultralow optical losses and high fabrication throughput are required. Here, the authors present a CMOS fabrication technique that realizes integrate photonic microresonators on waver-level with mean quality factors exceeding 30 million and 1 dB/m optical losses.

    • Junqiu Liu
    • Guanhao Huang
    • Tobias J. Kippenberg
    Article Open Access
  • Efficient stimulus-responsive phosphorescence organic materials are attractive, but are extremely rare because of unclear design principles and intrinsically spin-forbidden intersystem crossing. Here, the authors present a facile strategy to achieve ultraviolet irradiation-responsive ultralong room-temperature phosphorescence in several simple amorphous polymer materials.

    • Yongfeng Zhang
    • Liang Gao
    • Yanli Zhao
    Article Open Access
  • Compared to electromagnetic waves, the wavelength of spin waves is significantly shorter at gigahertz frequencies, enabling the miniaturisation of wave-based devices. Here, the authors present a magnonic Fabry-Pérot resonator allowing for nanoscale and reconfigurable manipulation of spin waves.

    • Huajun Qin
    • Rasmus B. Holländer
    • Sebastiaan van Dijken
    Article Open Access
  • De novo design of self-assembling protein nanostructures and materials is of significant interest, however design of complex, multi-component assemblies is challenging. Here, the authors present a stepwise hierarchical approach to build such assemblies using helical repeat and helical bundle proteins as building blocks, and provide an in-depth structural characterization of the resulting assemblies.

    • Yang Hsia
    • Rubul Mout
    • David Baker
    Article Open Access

Subjects within Physical sciences

  • 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
    Article Open Access
  • 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
  • This study investigates the relation between El Nino and landslide impacts. The authors show how El Nino and La Nina can cause swings in exposure of population to landslides that are as large as those due to rainy-season/dry-season variability in key locations, particularly South America.

    • Robert Emberson
    • Dalia Kirschbaum
    • Thomas Stanley
    Article Open Access
  • Wetland methane emissions contribute to global warming, and are oversimplified in climate models. Here the authors use eddy covariance measurements from 48 global sites to demonstrate seasonal hysteresis in methane-temperature relationships and suggest the importance of microbial processes.

    • Kuang-Yu Chang
    • William J. Riley
    • Donatella Zona
    Article Open Access

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  • Photosystem II subunit S (PsbS) senses thylakoid lumen acidification when plants are exposed to excess light. Here the authors use NMR and IR spectroscopy to show that low pH causes repositioning of an amphipathic helix and folding of a loop involving critical pH sensing glutamate residues in PsbS.

    • Maithili Krishnan-Schmieden
    • Patrick E. Konold
    • Anjali Pandit
    Article Open Access
  • Acheiropodia is associated with homozygous deletions in the LMBR1 gene around ZRS, an enhancer regulating SHH during limb development, but how these deletions lead to this phenotype is unknown. Here the authors use whole-genome sequencing, ChIP-seq, 4C-seq and DNA FISH to show that alterations in CTCF motifs are responsible via altered enhancer–promoter interactions.

    • Aki Ushiki
    • Yichi Zhang
    • Nadav Ahituv
    Article Open Access
  • Conventional T cell subsets are selected in the thymus by peptide bearing MHC expressed by cortical epithelial cells, in contrast cortical thymocytes express non-peptide bearing MHC molecules including CD1d and MR1 and select iNKT and MAIT cell populations respectively. Here, the authors generate a novel inducible MHC class-I trasnactivator murine system and suggest the absence of peptide-MHC on thymocytes is involved in the selection of non-peptide specific lymphocytes.

    • Hristo Georgiev
    • Changwei Peng
    • Kristin A. Hogquist
    Article Open Access
  • Functional RNA secondary structure is important for the pre-mRNA processing including splicing, cleavage and polyadenylation, and RNA editing. Here the authors present a catalog of conserved long-range RNA structures in the human transcriptome by defining pairs of conserved complementary regions (PCCR) in pre-aligned evolutionarily conserved regions.

    • Svetlana Kalmykova
    • Marina Kalinina
    • Dmitri Pervouchine
    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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