Volume 571 Issue 7766


An innovative way to publish p.447

The research community needs to find ways to reward study design and methodology as much as the final result. A publishing format called Registered Reports offers a means of addressing this challenge.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-02277-1


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Cell communication in the blink of an eye p.484

The bodies of unicellular organisms called protists can contract extremely fast. Analysis reveals that the flow of surrounding fluid during contraction triggers a chain reaction of contraction of neighbouring protists.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-02069-7

Marine heatwaves in a changing climate p.485

Heatwaves in the ocean can rapidly disrupt marine ecosystems and the economies that depend on them. A global analysis of these events casts light on their causes and sets the stage for revealing how they might change in the future.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-02196-1

An early dispersal of modern humans from Africa to Greece p.487

Analysis of two fossils from a Greek cave has shed light on early hominins in Eurasia. One fossil is the earliest known specimen of Homo sapiens found outside Africa; the other is a Neanderthal who lived 40,000 years later.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-02075-9