Volume 549 Issue 7670



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Catalytic hotspots get noisy p.34

Identifying and imaging catalytically active sites on solid surfaces is a grand challenge for science. A microscopy technique has been developed that images 'noise' to detect active sites with nanometre-scale resolution. See Letter p.74

doi: 10.1038/549034a

Sexual attraction channelled in moss p.35

An analysis reveals that both sexual reproduction and early-embryo development in the moss Physcomitrella patens are controlled by cellular calcium influxes through ion-channel proteins. See Letter p.91

doi: 10.1038/nature23543

Pulley protection in batteries p.37

High-energy battery electrodes can break apart during operation. Conventional rope-and-pulley systems have inspired the development of a polymer that holds electrodes together at the molecular scale, enabling durable batteries to be made.

doi: 10.1038/549037a

Rhino gives voice to silent chromatin p.38

Flies use master lists of DNA sequences from transposons to identify and silence these virus-like, genomic parasites. How the lists themselves escape the fate of their transposon targets has now been solved. See Letter p.54

doi: 10.1038/549038a

The next best thing p.39

A patient's tumour cells can be transplanted into a mouse to provide a model for analysis and drug testing. A panel of paediatric solid tumour models has been extensively characterized and made freely available. See Letter p.96

doi: 10.1038/nature23545

Quantum signals could soon span the globe p.41

Quantum communication offers many advantages over classical methods, but it has been limited to sending signals across a few hundred kilometres. Two studies overcome this limitation. See Article p.43 & Letter p.70

doi: 10.1038/549041a



Ground-to-satellite quantum teleportation p.70

Quantum teleportation of single-photon qubits from a ground observatory to a satellite in low-Earth orbit via an uplink channel is achieved with a fidelity that is well above the classical limit.

doi: 10.1038/nature23675

A series of energetic metal pentazolate hydrates p.78

Metal complexes of the pentazole anion exhibit multiple coordination modes, through ionic, covalent and hydrogen-bonding interactions, and good thermal stability with onset decomposition temperatures greater than 100 °C.

doi: 10.1038/nature23662

Island biogeography of marine organisms p.82

On marine islands, most species are good dispersers and most niches are filled by immigration with little adaptive radiation; speciation increases over time, associated with the arrival of weak dispersers that randomly establish isolated populations.

doi: 10.1038/nature23680