Nature Summaries and Reviews

See all summaries and reviews from Nature at a glance.

Mining the ocean floor could solve mineral shortages – and lead to epic extinctions in some of the most remote ecosystems on Earth.

Olive Heffernan

Nature, 2019

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After decades of assuming that pain works the same way in all sexes, scientists are finding that different biological pathways can produce an ‘ouch!’.

Amber Dance

Nature, 2019

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Jamie Morin sets out the elements required to track satellites and avoid crashes.

Jamie Morin

Nature, 2019

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Humans are masters of dexterity. But robots are catching up.

Richard Hodson

Nature, 2018

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Amid the urgent need to decarbonize, the industry that delivers one-tenth of global electricity must consult the public on reactor research, design, regulation, location and waste.

Aditi Verma et al.

Nature, 2021

A handful of experiments are raising questions about whether clumps of cells and disembodied brains could be sentient, and how scientists would know if they were.

Sara Reardon

Nature, 2020

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Pregnant women fare worse than others, although the risks to the fetus are slight.

Nidhi Subbaraman

Nature, 2021

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The brain’s immune system could be provoking Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Can scientists get it back in check?

Alison Abbott

Nature, 2018

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Chronotherapy – the specific timing of drug delivery – has shown promise in clinical trials. But that may not be enough to overcome the practical challenges.

Lynne Peeples

Nature, 2018

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Genetically identical primates offer the best models of human disease, but raise ethical issues.

David Cyranoski

Nature, 2019

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