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January 14, 2021

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Electric eels have a shocking tactic: hunting in packs

Nature, Published online: 14 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00056-5

High-voltage fish in the Amazon swarm the buffet together.

January 14, 2021 12:00 AM

Water stress will rise in parts of Asia even as glaciers melt and rain pours

Nature, Published online: 14 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00058-3

Northern India is among the regions facing shortages from climate change’s effects on mountain rivers.

January 14, 2021 12:00 AM

Anti-ageing effects of protein restriction unpacked

Nature, Published online: 14 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-03662-x

Two animal studies show that restricting the dietary intake of branched-chain amino acids can extend lifespan by modulating the mTOR signalling pathway. But more research is needed before this diet should be recommended in people.

by Matt Kaeberlein at January 14, 2021 12:00 AM

The power of a budget plan in grant writing

Nature, Published online: 14 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00096-x

Ethan Wilk, who begins an undergraduate programme this autumn, explains how a detailed outline of his proposed expenses and timeline helped him to win a competitive award to study endangered trout.

by Ethan Wilk at January 14, 2021 12:00 AM

COVID’s toll on smell and taste: what scientists do and don’t know

Nature, Published online: 14 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00055-6

Researchers are studying the sensory impact of the coronavirus, how long it lasts and what can be done to treat it.

by Michael Marshall at January 14, 2021 12:00 AM

Accurate machine learning in materials science facilitated by using diverse data sources

Nature, Published online: 14 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-03259-4

A strategy for machine learning has been developed that exploits the fact that data are often collected in different ways with varying levels of accuracy. The approach was used to build a model that predicts a key property of materials.

by Rohit Batra at January 14, 2021 12:00 AM

Daily briefing: Insects face ‘death by a thousand cuts’

Nature, Published online: 14 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00098-9

A scientifically grounded assessment of insect decline. Plus, COVID reinfections appear to be rare and thieving monkeys can spot ransom-worthy items.

by Flora Graham at January 14, 2021 12:00 AM

COVID reinfections are unusual — but could still help the virus to spread

Nature, Published online: 14 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00071-6

Large study of UK health-care workers suggests that most people are immune for months after catching COVID-19 for the first time.

by Heidi Ledford at January 14, 2021 12:00 AM

COVID research updates: A potential COVID vaccine causes a durable immune response

Nature, Published online: 14 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-00502-w

Nature wades through the literature on the new coronavirus — and summarizes key papers as they appear.

January 14, 2021 12:00 AM

January 13, 2021

Nature

Daily briefing: Pulsars hint at sea of gravitational waves

Nature, Published online: 13 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00084-1

Signs of ripples from supermassive black hole mergers in galaxies across the universe. Plus, the secret forces that squeeze and pull life into shape, and the questions around COVID vaccines and transmission.

by Flora Graham at January 13, 2021 12:00 AM