Volume 594 Issue 7864



How scientists are embracing NFTs p.481

Is a trend of auctioning non-fungible tokens based on scientific data a fascinating art fad, an environmental disaster or the future of monetized genomics?

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-01642-3

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Unravelling the enigma of bird magnetoreception p.497

How animals sense Earth’s magnetic field is an enduring mystery. The protein cryptochrome ErCRY4, found in the eyes of migratory European robins, has the right physical properties to be the elusive magnetosensor.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-01596-6

Plasmons dragged by drifting electrons p.498

Plasmons are combinations of light and collective electron oscillations. The demonstration that plasmons can be dragged by drifting electrons in the 2D material graphene could lead to advances in optical physics.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-01599-3

A 4D road map for the formation of hair follicles p.500

Combined imaging and gene-expression analyses reveal that the arrangement of cells in concentric rings in the disc-like structures that give rise to hair follicles predetermines their eventual fate and location in mature follicles.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-01482-1

Natural killer cells lull tumours into dormancy p.501

Natural killer cells can drive spreading cancer cells to enter a state of dormancy. That finding, together with the discovery of a pathway that hinders this antitumour function, could spur the development of new treatments.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-01381-5

Ion dynamics in battery materials imaged rapidly p.503

An imaging method has been developed that tracks ion transport in functioning battery materials in real time, at submicrometre scales — offering insights into how to design batteries that charge in minutes.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-01600-z