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Professor Steven Greco – Landscape Ecology: The Sense Of Space

Developing sustainable solutions to environmental decline will need a holistic understanding of socioecological connections in time and space. Professor Steven Greco and his team at UC Davis use spatial analysis and visualisation techniques, to improve our...
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Dr Marian Klamer – Language As A Time Machine

  Language is the primary tool used by human beings to communicate with each other, allowing them to co-operate, explore their similarities and sometimes even bridge their differences. Yet it can also become a means to dive deep into the past, acting as a time...
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The Society For Conservation Biology

The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) was founded in 1985, when many scientists felt called to action by the Earth’s rapidly disappearing biodiversity. Scientists saw their study sites changing or disappearing over very short periods of time, and were driven to...
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Travis M Whitfill | Azim Munivar – Harnessing Skin Bacteria To Fight Skin Disease

The brainchild of Azim Munivar and Travis M Whitfill, Azitra Inc. is a microbiome start-up with big ambition. Beginning with eczema and Netherton’s Syndrome, the Azitra team are set to change the landscape of skin disease treatment. Azitra Inc. is a company with one...
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Dr David Peebles – The Chicken In The Egg: Hacking Early Development To Improve Adult Chicken Health

Chicken meat is one of the world’s most relied upon animal food sources, and a major factor in economics and food security for many people. Dr David Peebles at Mississippi State University has dedicated his career to the unique physiological and nutritional needs of...
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Dr Michael Stout | Dr Blake Wilson – Protecting United States Rice With Integrated Pest Management Strategies

US rice production is threatened by the expansion of the Mexican rice borer, and a host of other pests. Dr Michael Stout, Dr Blake Wilson and their colleagues at Louisiana State University are investigating integrated pest management strategies to reduce the...
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Dr James W. Mjelde | Dr Rebekka Martin Dudensing – Shaping Rural Transportation For Elderly Populations

As we enjoy longer life spans, the proportion of the world’s population classified as elderly is increasing. This creates unique challenges for rural communities, where the mobility of elderly residents is often limited by access to safe transportation. Currently,...
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Taher Saif | Dr Andrew Holle – Mechanobiology – Exploring The Mechanics Of Cell Behaviour

Understanding how cells interact with the physical world around them is at the core of mechanobiology, a growing subfield connecting the arenas of cell biology and bioengineering. Two leading researchers, Professor Taher Saif and Dr Andrew Holle, with the support of...
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Professor Ning Pan – The Scientific And Mathematical World Of Textiles

Textiles, including rope and yarn, are often thought of as functional and convenient materials for us to dress in, suspend swings from (in our more youthful days), or to safely secure items during transport. However, behind such critical applications is a complex...
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Dr Chang-won Lee – Global Health Is For The Birds: Studying Avian Diseases To Protect Human Health

Every year, outbreaks of diseases that affect livestock cause massive economic losses, and occasionally these diseases also threaten human health. The dynamics that influence the emergence and transmission of these diseases are complex, and studying them effectively...
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Latest Issues

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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Scientia Issue #104

  THE EVOLVING EARTH   It is my pleasure to introduce the first edition of Scientia entirely dedicated to the Earth Sciences. Earth scientists apply a variety of techniques to develop an understanding of the complex systems underlying the many phenomena present on our home planet. This can vary from studying the atmosphere, the interior, the oceans, and the landmasses right the way through to the electromagnetic field of the planet. For this issue, we have had the privilege of interviewing Vítor Correia, the president of the...
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Scientia Issue #103

  INVESTIGATING LIFE   In this edition we celebrate the increasingly diverse and interdisciplinary nature of the life sciences. The life sciences now encompass a wide array of disciplines and scientists are coming to understand the value of interdisciplinary cross-collaboration, leading to maximised outputs, paradigm shifts and the pooling of expertise. In this edition, we showcase a variety of life science research from a diverse array of fields and demonstrate that scientists increasingly blur the lines between disciplines, with...
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