Volume 561 Issue 7721



News Features

The quest to conquer Earth’s space junk problem p.24

Zombie satellites, rocket shards and collision debris are creating major traffic risks in orbits around the planet. Researchers are working to reduce the threats posed by more than 20,000 objects in space.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-06170-1

News & Views

An immune response with a sweet tooth p.37

A previously unknown pathway that enables mammalian cells to recognize infection and trigger an immune response requires a kinase enzyme in the host cell to bind a sugar molecule produced by infecting bacteria.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05854-y

DNA tags used to image sugar-bearing proteins on cells p.38

Methods for imaging sugars attached to proteins — the protein glycoforms — are of interest because glycoforms affect protein movement and localization in cells. A versatile approach is now reported that uses DNA as molecular identity tags.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-06092-y

Spotlight on proteins that aid malaria p.41

The multiprotein complex PTEX enables malaria-causing parasites to survive inside red blood cells. Studies reveal how PTEX assembles, and identify a function for one of the complex’s proteins, EXP2.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05977-2

Designer atom arrays for quantum computing p.43

A key step in the development of quantum computers that use neutral atoms as quantum bits is the assembly of tailored 3D arrays of atoms. Two laser-based approaches have now been reported to do this.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-06107-8


Facing up to the global challenges of ageing p.45

Longer human lives have led to a global burden of late-life disease, and so interventions, including changes to lifestyle and medical innovations, are needed to prevent disease and increase late-life health.

doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0457-8



All-inorganic perovskite nanocrystal scintillators p.88

All-inorganic perovskite nanocrystals containing caesium and lead provide low-cost, flexible and solution-processable scintillators that are highly sensitive to X-ray irradiation and emit radioluminescence that is colour-tunable across the visible spectrum.

doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0451-1

Sulfoxaflor exposure reduces bumblebee reproductive success p.109

Chronic exposure to sulfoxaflor (a sulfoximine-based insecticide) has severe sub-lethal effects on bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) colonies; exposed colonies produced fewer workers and fewer reproductive offspring than unexposed control colonies.

doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0430-6