Volume 589 Issue 7843


How epidemiology has shaped the COVID pandemic p.491

Nature’s third progress report, coming at the end of the pandemic’s first year, highlights key findings from epidemiology — from sounding the early alarm to following the impact of new variants.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-00183-z


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A two-pronged attack on antibiotic-resistant microbes p.517

Isoprenoid molecules are essential in many disease-causing microorganisms, and intermediates made during their synthesis trigger immune-defence responses by γδ T cells. ‘Immunoantibiotics’ exploit this dual vulnerability.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-020-03660-z

Helium nucleus measured with record precision p.518

The size of the helium nucleus has been determined using exotic helium atoms in which one electron has been replaced with its heavier cousin, a muon. The result sheds light on a decade-old puzzle regarding the proton radius.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-00120-0

Palaeoclimate puzzle explained by seasonal variation p.521

Scientists have long been baffled by the mismatch of climate simulations of the past 12,000 years with temperature reconstructions from geological records. It now emerges that seasonal biases in the records explain the disparity.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-00115-x