Volume 612 Issue 7940

리서치 하이라이트




News Features

News & Views

Telltale loops bring news from the Galactic black hole p.406

Analysis of radio emission from matter near the Milky Way’s central black hole sheds light on this previously unobservable region, revealing that the local magnetic field is carried around in complete loops by the matter orbiting the centre.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-022-04353-5

How a malaria parasite becomes a male p.408

Organisms use various strategies for sex determination. The non-genetic mechanism in the malaria-causing parasite Plasmodium falciparum, involving a male-specific factor, has now been revealed.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-022-04167-5

Cause of the 2020 surge in atmospheric methane clarified p.413

Atmospheric methane concentrations rose unexpectedly during the lockdowns of 2020. It now seems that this was due to warm, wet weather in the Northern Hemisphere and, ironically, a slowdown in air-pollutant emissions.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-022-04352-6

How plant roots go with the flow p.414

How do environmental cues steer the branching of plant roots? Insights into how water availability shapes root growth reveal an unexpected mechanism behind the hormone-mediated regulation of this process.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-022-04171-9