Volume 599 Issue 7886



News Features

News & Views

Tracking the origin of Transeurasian languages p.557

A triangulation of linguistic, archaeological and genetic data suggests that the Transeurasian language family originated in a population of grain farmers in China around 9,000 years ago, and that agriculture underpinned its spread.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-03037-w

Electrons reveal the need for improved neutrino models p.560

Experiments on electrons interacting with atomic nuclei have shown that the models used to measure neutrino oscillations — and thereby possibly to understand the formation of the Universe — are less accurate than we thought.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-03456-9

A massive effort links protein-coding gene variants to health p.561

The protein-coding portions of more than 450,000 individuals’ genomes have been sequenced, and analysed together with the individuals’ health data, revealing rare and common gene variants linked to various health-related traits.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-02873-0

How to make macroscale non-crystalline diamonds p.563

A diamond shatters easily, despite it being the hardest natural material. Atomically disordered forms of diamond made from buckyballs might not only overcome this problem, but also allow other properties to be optimized.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-02957-x