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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. Peter Palese – Influenza – New Strategies For Defeating An Old Enemy

Influenza continues to be one of the most common respiratory diseases in humans and represents a significant public health burden, due to its associated morbidity and mortality. Dr. Peter Palese and his colleagues at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New...
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The National Science Teachers Association

  Founded in 1944, the Virginia-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest organisation in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. In this exclusive interview, we talk to Executive Director of...
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Dr Fei Hu – Virtual Reality And Robot-based Rehabilitation For Post-stroke Recovery

Stroke survivors often lose some of their motor functions, and recovery can be a long and expensive process. By integrating virtual reality, robot, and motion capture technology, a low-cost solution can be developed that is more effective and accessible than current...
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Dr Annarita Di Lorenzo – Sphingolipids: Fats That Protect The Heart

Despite current therapies, cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death worldwide, suggesting that alternative drug targets are urgently needed to preserve cardiovascular health. Sphingolipids – a class of biologically active molecules and components of cell...
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Dr Romeel Davé – Putting The Universe In A Computer

  Galaxy formation theorist Dr Romeel Davé and his team at the University of the Western Cape use high-performance supercomputer simulations to answer basic questions about the evolution of galaxies and our visible Universe. Humans have always been mesmerised by...
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Professor Wenxuan Zhong – New Statistics For Smelling Out Disease

Cutting-edge scientific techniques are generating a wealth of details about biological systems. This information could enable the rapid detection of disease and toxic substances, and provide insights into the mechanisms behind complex diseases. However, teasing out...
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Dr Edmund Gordon | Dr Cynthia Mc Callister – Centring Students And Changing The Landscape Of Classroom Education

Recent advances in science have demonstrated that human learning and thinking are highly social processes, governed by the learner’s ability to manage attention and effort. Drs Edmund Gordon and Cynthia McCallister propose an approach to education that centres the...
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Professor Julio Collado-Vides – Putting Life In Context

How do you determine important scientific links when you are flooded by new publications each day? Professor Julio Collado-Vides and his team at the National University of Mexico appear to have the answer. Whether it be letters or ideograms, standardised street signs...
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Professor Richard Miles – Hypersonic Laser Tagging: A New Way Of Understanding Fluid Mechanics

Fluid mechanics is the study of the flows within liquids, gases and plasmas, and the forces that act upon them. Applications involving fluid mechanics are vast, ranging from chemical engineering to astrophysics, and so an accurate understanding is essential for future...
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Dr Sharon Brennan-Olsen – The Social Gradient In Musculoskeletal Health

Disease is as much a social and economic phenomenon as a biological one. Dr Sharon Brennan-Olsen and her team at the University of Melbourne, and the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS), are investigating musculoskeletal disorders as a...
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Latest Issues

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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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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