Volume 614 Issue 7949


Nature welcomes Registered Reports p.594

From this week, Nature will be publishing an additional type of research paper — designed to encourage rigour and replication.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-023-00506-2


News Features

News & Views

Tropical biodiversity linked to polar climate p.626

The rise in species diversity towards the tropics is a striking and unexplained global phenomenon. Ocean microfossil evidence suggests that this pattern arose as a result of ancient climate cooling and polar-climate dynamics.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-023-00392-8

A twist in the bid to probe electrons in solids p.628

Two microscopy techniques have been merged into a tool for twisting ultrathin sheets of atoms relative to each other. The approach offers a new angle for studying the electronic properties of exotic layered materials.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-023-00474-7

The Alzheimer’s risk gene APOE modulates the gut–brain axis p.629

Signals from gut microorganisms to the brain might be involved in neurodegeneration. It emerges that the gene APOE — variants of which each confer a different risk of Alzheimer’s disease — has a role in modulating this gut–brain communication.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-023-00261-4

An oracle predicts regulators of cell identity p.630

A computational tool called CellOracle can predict how networks of genes interact to program cell identity during embryonic development. The tool should help to hone efforts to understand how development is regulated.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-023-00251-6

JWST opens a window on exoplanet skies p.632

An unprecedented glimpse of a distant planet reveals clues about how it might have formed. Scientists explain why it’s a win for atmospheric chemistry, and celebrate the technology that made it possible.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-023-00394-6