Volume 614 Issue 7948

리서치 하이라이트




News Features

News & Views

Self-burying robot morphs wood to sow seeds p.415

A natural seed has inspired the design of a robot that can bury itself in soil when exposed to rainfall. The mechanism relies on the shape-changing properties of wood — a simple and elegant example of sustainable innovation.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-023-00396-4

For optimal antibody effectiveness, sometimes less is more p.416

Antibodies that activate stimulatory or inhibitory receptors are of great therapeutic interest for the treatment of cancer or autoimmune diseases. It emerges that such antibodies work better if they don’t bind to receptors too tightly.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-023-00244-5

How rare mutations contribute to complex traits p.418

An analysis of rare genetic variants reveals that they influence human traits through similar biological pathways to common ones. The work deepens our understanding of how this type of variant affects complex traits.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-023-00272-1

High variability reveals complexity under Thwaites Glacier p.420

Fixed moorings and underwater vehicles have uncovered varied patterns of melting and morphology under a West Antarctic glacier, offering insight into the potential for its collapse and highlighting key challenges for modelling.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-023-00395-5

Fish fossil unfolds clues to vertebrate brain evolution p.422

A 319-million-year-old fossil provides the oldest known evidence of preserved vertebrate brain tissue. This specimen offers insights into the brain evolution of ray-finned fishes, the most diverse group of living vertebrates.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-023-00243-6