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  • The reasons for concern framework are an effective visualisation of climate change related risks. Here, the authors propose a new framework by which different levels of uncertainty can be included into this aggregated assessment in order to ensure a transparent communication of risks.

    • Luke J. Harrington
    • Carl-Friedrich Schleussner
    • Friederike E. L. Otto
    Perspective Open Access
  • Navigation and trajectory planning in environments with background flow, relevant for robotics, are challenging provided information only on local surrounding. The authors propose a reinforcement learning approach for time-efficient navigation of a swimmer through unsteady two-dimensional flows.

    • Peter Gunnarson
    • Ioannis Mandralis
    • John O. Dabiri
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  • During permafrost thaw, nitrogen can be released as the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide, but the magnitude of this flux is unknown. Nitrous oxide emissions from ice-rich permafrost deposits are reported here, showing that emissions increase after thawing and stabilization and could represent an unappreciated positive climate feedback in the Arctic.

    • M. E. Marushchak
    • J. Kerttula
    • C. Biasi
    Article Open Access

Subjects within Earth and environmental sciences

  • Outbreaks of Crown-of-Thorn Starfish (CoTS) have caused coral cover declines across the Indo-Pacific. Here the authors analyse long-term CoTS, coral reef fish monitoring, and fisheries catch data from the Great Barrier Reef to demonstrate removal of predatory fish as a contributor to CoTS outbreaks.

    • Frederieke J. Kroon
    • Diego R. Barneche
    • Michael J. Emslie
    Article Open Access
  • Synapses are surrounded by an extracellular matrix (ECM) of extremely long-lived proteins that is thought to only be remodeled by proteolysis and de novo synthesis. Here, the authors show an alternative molecular recycling mechanism that occurs for the key ECM protein Tenascin-R.

    • Tal M. Dankovich
    • Rahul Kaushik
    • Silvio O. Rizzoli
    Article Open Access
  • ‘The timing and ecological dynamics of extinction in the late Pleistocene are not well understood. Here, the authors use sediment ancient DNA from permafrost cores to reconstruct the paleoecology of the central Yukon, finding a substantial turnover in ecosystem composition between 13,500-10,000 years BP and persistence of some species past their supposed extinctions.’

    • Tyler J. Murchie
    • Alistair J. Monteath
    • Hendrik N. Poinar
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  • Dynamical development process of various social network platforms shows emergence and transformation of user communities. The authors model social network formation processes considering the meritocratic perspective, where users make their decisions based on the user-generated content.

    • Nicolò Pagan
    • Wenjun Mei
    • Florian Dörfler
    Article Open Access
  • Urban trees influence temperatures in cities. The authors here investigate in spatio-temporal variations in their cooling effect and find 8-12 K decreased temperatures for tree-rich urban areas in Central Europe during hot summers, and up to 4 K for Southern Europe, respectively.

    • Jonas Schwaab
    • Ronny Meier
    • Edouard L. Davin
    Article Open Access
  • The movements of individuals within and among cities influence critical aspects of our society, such as well-being, the spreading of epidemics, and the quality of the environment. Here, the authors use deep neural networks to discover non-linear relationships between geographical variables and mobility flows.

    • Filippo Simini
    • Gianni Barlacchi
    • Luca Pappalardo
    Article Open Access
  • Adaptation to heat stress through the use of air conditioners has received increasing attention. Here the authors show that income and humidity adjusted temperature are common determinants for adopting air conditioning, but their relative contribution varies in relation to household characteristics.

    • Filippo Pavanello
    • Enrica De Cian
    • André F. P. Lucena
    Article Open Access

Subjects within Scientific community and society

  • While existing microbots display effective propulsion, their functionalities decrease dramatically upon decreasing the robot size. Accordingly, it is desired to customize microscale robots for their specific mission and body location. Selecting the microbot constituents with task-specific tailored functionalities will enhance their practicality in performing their primary mission.

    • Joseph Wang
    Comment Open Access
  • Discoveries of persistent coastal species in the open ocean shift our understanding of biogeographic barriers. Floating plastic debris from pollution now supports a novel sea surface community composed of coastal and oceanic species at sea that might portend significant ecological shifts in the marine environment.

    • Linsey E. Haram
    • James T. Carlton
    • Gregory M. Ruiz
    Comment Open Access
  • In this opinion piece, we discuss why computational tools to limit the identifiability of genomic data are a promising avenue for privacy-preservation and legal compliance. Even where these technologies do not eliminate all residual risk of individual identification, the law may still consider such data anonymised.

    • Alexander Bernier
    • Hanshi Liu
    • Bartha Maria Knoppers
    Comment Open Access
  • Developing more productive and sustainable crops will be essential to achieving food security in coming decades. A core process in plant evolution has been the transfer of chloroplast-encoded genes to the nuclear genome. We propose reverting this process as a new approach to improve plant disease resistance and photosynthesis in future crops.

    • Briardo Llorente
    • María Eugenia Segretin
    • Nicolás E. Blanco
    Comment Open Access
  • An outcome of phage infection, lateral transduction, has been shown to mobilize chromosomal genes between bacterial cells at rates that exceed those of mobile genetic elements such as plasmids. Does this mean that the bacterial chromosome should be considered a mobile genetic element?

    • James P. J. Hall
    Comment Open Access
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