Volume 591 Issue 7848



News Features

News & Views

Soft robot reaches the deepest part of the ocean p.35

A self-powered robot inspired by a fish can survive the extreme pressures at the bottom of the ocean’s deepest trench, thanks to its soft body and distributed electronic system — and might enable exploration of the uncharted ocean.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-00489-y

Active membrane rupture spurs a range of cell deaths p.36

Rupture of the plasma membrane in different forms of cell death was long thought to be a passive process. The finding that it is an active one, mediated by a specific membrane protein, reveals an unexpected feature shared by dying cells.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-00297-4