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Importantly Scientia helps researchers communicate their findings beyond their specialty and into the wider world. Scientia offers the research community significant visibility and accessibility to those both inside and outside the community to take an interest in science and research. Often technical, scientific language serves as a barrier to creating social impact and that’s where our publication plays a vital role in reaching a global stakeholder network.

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Dr Dedrick D. Davis – Biochar and Soil Dynamics

Renewable biofuels are a carbon-neutral alternative to fossil fuels, but they have their own complications. One problem is that growing and harvesting crops for biofuel depletes soil of valuable nutrients. To mitigate this, a byproduct of making biofuel – known as...
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Students Using Nanotechnology to Solve the World’s Greatest Challenges

The field of engineering is central to innovations across science and technology, yet many college students show a lack of interest in pursuing engineering careers. Educators at Auburn University are developing innovative educational modules that engage students in...
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Professor Christopher Healey | Zeyuan Chen – A New Direction for Virtual Reality Controllers

Virtual and augmented reality systems are transforming how we view and manipulate 3D objects. One of the biggest challenges to developers is to design fast, accurate, yet affordable controllers. Now, Professor Christopher Healey and Zeyuan Chen at North Carolina State...
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Dr Melissa Morris – Refining the Theories of Planet Formation

Science and philosophy are two of the most important pillars of human civilisation. But when it comes to the important questions, is there really much difference between them? Where do we come from? What is the meaning of life? Answers to such philosophical questions...
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Professor Balakumar Balachandran – Using Noise to Control Micromechanical & Macromechanical Systems

Micromechanical oscillators are components of many electronic systems that keep track of signal processing and ensure data is moved around without becoming jumbled up. Professor Balachandran and his team at the University of Maryland are exploring how noise can be...
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Dr Gerald Friedland | Jaeyoung Choi – Searching for the Perfect Picture

Currently, searching for images and videos on the Internet is less than ideal, with searches often providing completely irrelevant results. Dr Gerald Friedland, Jaeyoung Choi and their team at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley are working to...
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Dr Jasper van Wezel – The Unexpected Spirals of Electron Density

Spirals are an intriguing shape to find in the natural world because they have handedness – turning either to the left or right as you move along them – and it’s this property that makes the work of Dr Jasper van Wezel and his team at the University of Amsterdam...
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Dr Cheryl Van Buskirk – Sandman and the Worm – Cellular Insights into the World of Sleep

Why we sleep is a mystery. Dr Cheryl Van Buskirk of California State University Northridge is using the simple roundworm, C. elegans, to probe the cellular basis of sleep – with implications for sleep in more complex animals – including humans. Sleep – One of Life’s...
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Dr Stephen Laubach – Cracking the Puzzle of Rock Fracture with Crystal Clues

Drs Stephen Laubach, Jon Olson and Rob Lander and their team at The University of Texas at Austin are investigating the relationship between growth of fractures in rock, and chemical processes that occur within and around fracture openings. They are working to...
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Dr Lian-Ping Wang – Understanding Particle-Fluid Interaction Dynamics in Turbulent Flow

Almost every aspect of the global water cycle involves a mixture of fluids and particles – raindrop formation, ocean currents and water percolation through the soil. This mixture of gas and liquid or liquid and solid causes behaviour that is important to understand,...
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Latest Issues

Scientia Issue #114

  HUMAN HEALTH & HAPPINESS   In this diverse edition of Scientia, we explore the variety of ways that scientific research enhances our health and happiness, from cell biology to social science. We kick-start the edition by investigating human health at the most fundamental level – the molecular processes that occur in our cells. Here, we showcase the work of several researchers, each dedicated to unravelling these intricate mechanisms, and the ways in which they can go wrong. As we’ll see, this type of basic research lays...
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Scientia Issue #113

  CELEBRATING AND SUSTAINING LIFE ON EARTH   In this exciting new edition of Scientia, we celebrate our living planet, by showcasing a diverse collection of research projects dedicated to understanding life on Earth, and devising new ways to preserve and restore it. To open the issue, we have had the pleasure of speaking to Dr Hazel Norman, Executive Director of The British Ecological Society, who tells us about how the Society communicates worldleading ecological science, promotes diversity and collaboration within the field of...
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Scientia Issue #112

  FROM CLIMATE CHANGE TO THE COSMIC WEB   I am delighted to present this enticing new edition of Scientia, which covers a range of important research areas, from geology to climatology, and from aeronomy to astronomy. Mitigating disaster is one pressing theme that pervades this edition, and we start off by featuring research devoted to predicting devastating seismic events. Here, we showcase the work of two scientists, who are developing creative ways to forecast volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. The lion’s share of this edition...
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Scientia Issue #111

  HIGHLIGHTS IN HEALTH RESEARCH   Fragility and mortality are inherent traits of every lifeform on Earth, and human beings are no exception. The complexity of biological systems means there are many things that can go wrong – and they frequently do. This vulnerability has driven the healthcare revolution over the last few decades, where modern research techniques and empirical evidence have resulted in our living longer and more comfortably than ever before. In this edition of Scientia, we celebrate some of the many researchers at...
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Scientia Issue #110

  CELEBRATING CELL BIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY   Cell biologists, biochemists and molecular biologists alike have illuminated many of the microscopic mechanisms essential to life on Earth. Because of their tireless efforts, we now understand the most fundamental processes that characterise living cells, such as the replication of DNA and its translation into proteins with specific amino acid sequences. This insight has given us a molecular basis for how the first unicellular life forms evolved into the vast multitude of different...
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Scientia Issue #109

FROM THE COSMOS TO LIFE ON EARTH It is my absolute pleasure to introduce this fascinating new edition of Scientia, where we explore the latest in earth, environmental and ecological research, with a pinch of cosmology thrown in for good measure. To open the issue, we start big – with the universe. Here, we have had the pleasure of speaking with Dr Kiwamu Izumi, a scientist working at The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). Dr Izumi tells us all about LIGO’s ground-breaking gravitational waves discovery – reported...
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Scientia Issue #108

  INNOVATIONS IN CANCER RESEARCH    Cancer survival rates continue to increase year after year. In the US, the 5-year survival rate for all cancer types increased from 50% in 1975 to a whopping 68% in 2007, according to the National Institutes of Health. Similarly, Cancer Research UK estimates that 10-year survival rates for all cancers have more than doubled in the past 40 years, from 24% in 1970 to 50% in 2010, here in the UK. A significant factor driving our improving prognoses is the advances made in cancer research over the...
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Scientia Issue #107

  FROM NEUROTRANSMISSION TO COMPLEX COMPUTATIONS   This edition of Scientia celebrates the diversity of scientific endeavour by showcasing research across three different themes. Each project has a healthcare or biological focus, but this edition is notable for its inclusion of a wide variety of research disciplines from neuroscience through aging to computational biology. We hope this variety will make for an interesting and enlightening read, regardless of your chosen profession. To kick things off we feature some recent...
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Scientia Issue #106

  BREAKTHROUGHS IN BIOSCIENCE   Our healthcare continues to be transformed at an accelerating pace due to breakthroughs in bioscience research. Even in the past 50 years, our life expectancy worldwide has skyrocketed – people born this year can expect to live on average around 15 years longer than those born in 1966. We are enjoying healthier, longer lives as a direct result of scientific advances in vaccines, diagnostics, pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical treatments, surgery, nutrition and medical technologies such as drug...
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Scientia Issue #105

  QUANTUM LEAPS FOR PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING   There has never been a more exciting time for physical science and engineering. The last few years have witnessed some of the most ground breaking discoveries ever made, such as proving the existence of the Higgs boson, the elusive elementary particle that bestows other particles with mass. Even in the past year alone, scientists have made the first detection of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space time first theorised by Albert Einstein a century ago. Then just a few...
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