Volume 601 Issue 7892



News Features

News & Views

Extreme rainfall slows the global economy p.193

Excessive rainfall can cause catastrophic socio-economic losses to a community or nation. An analysis of changes in gross regional product identifies ways in which extreme precipitation affects global economic productivity.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-03783-x

A microbe that uses crude oil to make methane p.196

A microorganism that dwells in an underground oil reservoir has been found to degrade various petroleum compounds and use them to produce methane through a previously unreported biochemical pathway.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-03729-3

A strange metal emerges from a failed superconductor p.198

The curious electrical resistance that gives strange metals their name has been seen in a failed superconductor, in which disorder interferes with the material’s ability to achieve zero resistance below a critical temperature.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-03831-6

Beads reveal long-distance connections in early Africa p.199

Beads made from ostrich eggshells, produced by people over the past 50,000 years, provide evidence for a long period of social connection between eastern and southern Africa, followed by isolation and then reconnection.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-03681-2