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Scientia is a series of outreach research publications. Simply put, we connect people: scientists and educators, policy-makers and researchers, and the public and private sectors. We provide high-quality, technically sound, visually engaging, and relevant information for our vast audience of thinkers and explorers.

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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FutSci and ORUK

FutSci (www.futsci.com) is a donation-rewards crowdfunding platform dedicated to complement funding for research, innovation and technology within the Life Science arena. At FutSci they have been developing a game-changing solution to three of the biggest challenges...
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Dr Benedetto Rugani – A Greener Future: Leveraging Ecosystem Services in Sustainable Landscape and City Management

As global climate change and other major environmental threats advance, scientists are looking for ways to evaluate sustainable solutions for energy, agriculture and city management. Ecosystem services are benefits provided to humans by nature, and over the past two...
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Professor Brian Schaefer – Cellular Polka and Immune Cell Signalling

Immunology remains an important branch of medical and biological sciences, providing us with protection against infection and disease. Professor Brian Schaefer of the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, has dedicated his research to elucidating the molecular...
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Professor Sandra Schmid – The Dynamics of Dynamin and Cancer Evolution

All cells need to transport vital biomolecules across membranes by packaging them into small membrane-bound containers called vesicles. Integral to this process is the large protein dynamin. In her insightful and pioneering research, Professor Sandra Schmid has begun...
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Dr YuHuang Wang – A Bright Family of Quantum Defects

Carbon nanotubes are a remarkable material – more conductive than copper and stronger than steel, yet just a billionth of a metre wide. Their application has already proven invaluable across science and engineering, but only recently have scientists looked into...
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Outcomes of Gender Summit 11, Co-hosted by NSERC

From November 6 to 8, 2017, more than 675 advocates of gender equity from across many different fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) took part in Gender Summit 11, in Montreal, Quebec. Co-hosted by the Natural Sciences and Engineering...
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Dr Eric Hallerman | Dr Jess Jones – Using Population Genetics to Inform Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation

Conservation can be difficult work on an ever-changing planet, where human activity often runs counter to the needs of endangered species. When budgets and resources are limited, it is critical that conservation plans are designed to be as effective as possible. Dr...
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Dr Samantha Meenach – A Three-Dimensional Model of Lung Cancer

New and successful drug development for the treatment of lung cancer requires imaginative and creative thinking by scientists and doctors alike. Dr Samantha Meenach and her colleagues at the University of Rhode Island have developed an innovative approach for testing...
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Dr Sangamesh (Sangu) Angadi – Circles of Hope: Circular Buffer Strip Schemes for Agriculture Dr Sangamesh

Agriculture in the semi-arid US Southern Great Plains depends on irrigation water from the Ogallala Aquifer, the largest in the country. With the aquifer in decline, new ideas will be needed to ensure the future of irrigated agriculture in the region. Dr Sangamesh...
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Professor Rachel Mackelprang – Frozen in Time: The Permafrost Microbiome

Deep within the permafrost, viable microbial communities persist, buried for millennia. With the permafrost rapidly thawing due to global warming, these microbes are becoming more active, feeding on previously frozen organic matter and ‘breathing’ out greenhouse...
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Latest Issues

Scientia Issue #116

SEISMIC SHIFTS IN EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE   It is my great pleasure to introduce this compelling edition of Scientia, where we showcase a diverse collection of research projects, on topics ranging from climate change to galaxy evolution. To kick-start the edition, we have had the opportunity to speak with Dr John Nemeth, former Executive Director and CEO of Sigma Xi – the Scientific Research Honor Society. In this exclusive interview, Dr Nemeth discusses the Society’s rich history, and the ways that its members have been...
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Scientia Issue #115

  SHIFTING PARADIGMS IN PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING   In this electrifying edition of Scientia, we showcase the work of various research groups across the globe, each dedicated to shifting paradigms in the diverse fields of physical science and engineering. To begin, we delve deep into the most fundamental building blocks of our Universe – the elementary particles. Here, we explore everything from the trillions of cosmic neutrinos that pass through our bodies every second, to the antimatter positrons used in medical imaging...
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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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