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On a downer p.413

The United Nations has chosen to keep the war on drugs going — but it can’t win.

doi: 10.1038/532413b


Anticipating artificial intelligence p.413

Concerns over AI are not simply fear-mongering. Progress in the field will affect society profoundly, and it is important to make sure that the changes benefit everyone.

doi: 10.1038/532413a


Biden time p.414

The US vice-president’s cancer project is winning hearts and minds.

doi: 10.1038/532414a



News Features

The lasting legacy of Nepal’s quake p.428

A year after a devastating earthquake triggered killer avalanches and rock falls in Nepal, scientists are wiring up mountainsides to forecast hazards.

Jane Qiu

doi: 10.1038/532428a


News & Views

The rise of Rhizaria p.444

Large amoeba-like organisms known as Rhizaria have often been overlooked in studies of ocean biology and biogeochemistry. Underwater imaging and ecological network analyses are revealing their roles. See Article p.465 & Letter p.504

David A. Caron

doi: 10.1038/nature17892


Cracks help membranes to stay hydrated p.445

Membranes have been prepared with a cracked coating that prevents them from drying out in low-humidity conditions — a boon for devices, such as fuel cells, that need hydrated membranes to function. See Letter p.480

Jovan Kamcev & Benny D. Freeman

doi: 10.1038/532445a


Getting the measure of a monster p.447

Scrutiny of fossils sometimes uncovers an unexpected phylogenetic relationship. New analyses of the enigmatic fossil Tullimonstrum from 300 million years ago reveal it to be a vertebrate. See Letters p.496 & p.500

Shigeru Kuratani & Tatsuya Hirasawa

doi: 10.1038/nature17885


Four neutrons together momentarily p.448

A system of four neutrons known as the tetraneutron is a hypothetical state in nuclear physics. The report of evidence for the fleeting existence of this state has implications for research into neutron stars.

Carlos A. Bertulani & Vladimir Zelevinsky

doi: 10.1038/nature17884


Fault tolerance in the brain p.449

If stored information is erased from neural circuits in one brain hemisphere in mice, the lost data can be recovered from the other. This finding highlights a safeguarding mechanism at work in the brain. See Article p.459

Byron M. Yu

doi: 10.1038/nature17886


Glitches in time p.450

A mathematical technique has now been developed that reveals the underlying dynamics of time-dependent data collected with extreme temporal uncertainty, without using additional, costly instrumentation. See Letter p.471

Charlotte A. L. Haley

doi: 10.1038/532450a



Natural speech reveals the semantic maps that tile human cerebral cortex p.453

It has been proposed that language meaning is represented throughout the cerebral cortex in a distributed ‘semantic system’, but little is known about the details of this network; here, voxel-wise modelling of functional MRI data collected while subjects listened to natural stories is used to create a detailed atlas that maps representations of word meaning in the human brain.

Alexander G. Huth, Wendy A. de Heer, Thomas L. Griffiths, Frédéric E. Theunissen & Jack L. Gallant

doi: 10.1038/nature17637

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Robust neuronal dynamics in premotor cortex during motor planning p.459

In mouse cortex, ‘preparatory’ activity that encodes future movements is remarkably robust against large-scale perturbations; this robustness is achieved by corrective signals from unperturbed parts of the network.

Nuo Li, Kayvon Daie, Karel Svoboda & Shaul Druckmann

doi: 10.1038/nature17643

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Plankton networks driving carbon export in the oligotrophic ocean p.465

Plankton communities in the top 150 m of the nutrient-depleted, oligotrophic global ocean that are most associated with carbon export include unexpected taxa, such as Radiolaria, alveolate parasites, and Synechococcus and their phages, and point towards potential functional markers predicting a significant fraction of the variability in carbon export in these regions.

Lionel Guidi, Samuel Chaffron, Lucie Bittner, Damien Eveillard, Abdelhalim Larhlimi, Simon Roux, Youssef Darzi, Stephane Audic, Léo Berline, Jennifer R. Brum + et al.

doi: 10.1038/nature16942

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Dynamics from noisy data with extreme timing uncertainty p.471

A data-analytical approach that can extract the history and dynamics of complex systems from noisy snapshots on timescales much shorter than the uncertainty with which the data were recorded is described; the approach is demonstrated by extracting the dynamics on the few-femtosecond timescale from experimental data recorded with 300-femtosecond timing uncertainty.

R. Fung, A. Ourmazd, A. M. Hanna, O. Vendrell, S. Ramakrishna, T. Seideman, R. Santra & A. Ourmazd

doi: 10.1038/nature17627

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Quantum phases from competing short- and long-range interactions in an optical lattice p.476

The simplest form of the Hubbard model includes only on-site interactions, but by placing an optical lattice filled with ultracold rubidium atoms into an optical cavity the Hubbard model is implemented with competing long- and short-range interactions; four phases emerge, namely, a superfluid phase, a Mott insulating phase, a supersolid phase and a charge density wave phase.

Renate Landig, Lorenz Hruby, Nishant Dogra, Manuele Landini, Rafael Mottl, Tobias Donner & Tilman Esslinger

doi: 10.1038/nature17409

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Nanocrack-regulated self-humidifying membranes p.480

Nanometre-scale cracks in a hydrophobic surface coating applied to hydrocarbon proton-exchange fuel-cell membranes work as tiny valves, delaying water desorption and maintaining ion conductivity in the membrane on dehumidification.

Chi Hoon Park, So Young Lee, Doo Sung Hwang, Dong Won Shin, Doo Hee Cho, Kang Hyuck Lee, Tae-Woo Kim, Tae-Wuk Kim, Mokwon Lee, Deok-Soo Kim + et al.

doi: 10.1038/nature17634

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The pentadehydro-Diels–Alder reaction p.484

A modification to the classic Diels–Alder [4 + 2] cycloaddition reaction, termed the pentadehydro-Diels–Alder reaction, is reported; this reaction generates a highly reactive intermediate, an α,3-dehydrotoluene, that can be captured using various trapping agents to produce structurally diverse products.

Teng Wang, Rajasekhar Reddy Naredla, Severin K. Thompson & Thomas R. Hoye

doi: 10.1038/nature17429

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Rapid cycling of reactive nitrogen in the marine boundary layer p.489

Aircraft measurements, laboratory photolysis experiments and modelling calculations reveal a mechanism for the recycling of nitric acid into nitrogen oxides; this enables observations to be reconciled with model studies, and suggests that particulate nitrate photolysis could be a substantial tropospheric nitrogen oxide source.

Chunxiang Ye, Xianliang Zhou, Dennis Pu, Jochen Stutz, James Festa, Max Spolaor, Catalina Tsai, Christopher Cantrell, Roy L. Mauldin, Teresa Campos + et al.

doi: 10.1038/nature17195

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Bubble accumulation and its role in the evolution of magma reservoirs in the upper crust p.492

Here, the authors model the fluid dynamics that controls the transport of the magmatic volatile phase (MVP) in crystal-rich and crystal-poor magmas; they find that the MVP tends to migrate efficiently in crystal-rich parts of a magma reservoir but to accumulate in crystal-poor parts—possibly explaining why crystal-poor silicic magmas are particularly prone to erupting.

A. Parmigiani, S. Faroughi, C. Huber, O. Bachmann & Y. Su

doi: 10.1038/nature17401

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The ‘Tully monster’ is a vertebrate p.496

The Tully monster (Tullimonstrum), a problematic fossil from the 309–307-million-year-old Mazon Creek biota of Illinois, is shown to be not only a vertebrate but also akin to lampreys, increasing the morphological disparity of that group.

Victoria E. McCoy, Erin E. Saupe, James C. Lamsdell, Lidya G. Tarhan, Sean McMahon, Scott Lidgard, Paul Mayer, Christopher D. Whalen, Carmen Soriano, Lydia Finney + et al.

doi: 10.1038/nature16992

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In situ imaging reveals the biomass of giant protists in the global ocean p.504

An in situ imaging technique has been used to show that large rhizarian plankton represent a much larger biomass than previously thought, meaning that they are likely to make an important contribution to ocean ecosystems.

Tristan Biard, Lars Stemmann, Marc Picheral, Nicolas Mayot, Pieter Vandromme, Helena Hauss, Gabriel Gorsky, Lionel Guidi, Rainer Kiko & Fabrice Not

doi: 10.1038/nature17652

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Musashi-2 attenuates AHR signalling to expand human haematopoietic stem cells p.508

The RNA-binding protein Musashi-2 increases the self-renewing abilities of human haematopoietic stem cells, which have the potential to be used for regenerative therapies.

Stefan Rentas, Nicholas T. Holzapfel, Muluken S. Belew, Gabriel A. Pratt, Veronique Voisin, Brian T. Wilhelm, Gary D. Bader, Gene W. Yeo & Kristin J. Hope

doi: 10.1038/nature17665

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Normalizing the environment recapitulates adult human immune traits in laboratory mice p.512

The immune system of laboratory mice raised in an ultra-hygienic environment resembles that of newborn humans, but can be induced to resemble the immune system of adult humans or 'dirty' mice by co-housing with pet store-bought mice.

Lalit K. Beura, Sara E. Hamilton, Kevin Bi, Jason M. Schenkel, Oludare A. Odumade, Kerry A. Casey, Emily A. Thompson, Kathryn A. Fraser, Pamela C. Rosato, Ali Filali-Mouhim + et al.

doi: 10.1038/nature17655

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The crystal structure of Cpf1 in complex with CRISPR RNA p.522

The crystal structure of monomeric Lachnospiraceae bacterium Cpf1 protein bound to CRISPR RNA is presented, establishing a framework for engineering LbCpf1 to improve its efficiency and specificity for genome editing.

De Dong, Kuan Ren, Xiaolin Qiu, Jianlin Zheng, Minghui Guo, Xiaoyu Guan, Hongnan Liu, Ningning Li, Bailing Zhang, Daijun Yang + et al.

doi: 10.1038/nature17944

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Crystal structure of the human σ1 receptor p.527

The X-ray crystal structures of the human σ1 receptor bound to two different ligands are reported, revealing the overall architecture, oligomerization state, and molecular basis for ligand recognition by this protein.

Hayden R. Schmidt, Sanduo Zheng, Esin Gurpinar, Antoine Koehl, Aashish Manglik & Andrew C. Kruse

doi: 10.1038/nature17391

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