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The loss of glaciers affects sea level, water availability, and natural hazards resulting in socioeconomic impacts for communities around the world, even for those located far from these icy giants. Our study found that limiting future increases in global mean temperature to +1.5°C will still cause the loss of more than 25% of their current mass but would prevent widespread ice-loss in many high-mountain regions.


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Introducing the Micronova

Novae have been observed for centuries in the night sky, unveiling just how dynamic our Universe can be. Our recent observations have revealed rapid and energetic bursts of light lasting tens of hours or less from some accreting white dwarfs. Although yet to be established, the mechanism triggering these events may be similar to novae, but one million times less energetic: a micronova.

Jul 24, 2023 | 3 min read
Decoding the genome of a jackfruit that grows all year round

Jackfruit is the world’s largest edible single fruit but short growing periods and cross-pollination restrict the commercialization of the its cultivation. Decoding the genome of a year-round and high-yielding jackfruit variety will lay the foundation for biotechnological improvements and the sustainable commercialization of this highly nutritious tropical and sub-tropical multi-purpose fruit.

Sep 6, 2023 | 3.5 min read
How mixed-breed dogs resolve the “horoscopes” surrounding dog breeds

Dog breeds are iconic, serving as familiar examples for how genetic selection can produce a diverse array of biological traits from appearance to physiology to behavior. Genome-wide analysis and large-scale surveys of companion dogs—pedigreed and mixed-breed—re-evaluates how much a dog’s breed genetically influences how they look and behave.

Aug 28, 2023 | 3.5 min read
Vascular Health: The Power of Implantable Wireless Electronics

The continuous monitoring of vascular health achievable by implantable electronics can offer improved disease diagnosis and treatments. We developed a wireless nanomembrane system consisting of a smart stent and soft sensors to enable simultaneous monitoring of blood pressure, blood flow, and pulse rate.

Aug 4, 2023 | 4 min read
Stress for parents can translate into resilience for their children

One of the major challenges we face today is making sure there's enough food for everyone in the world. Crop diseases are making it difficult to grow enough food, therefore challenging our goal of ending world hunger. We found that treating wheat seeds with fungus Trichoderma can protect the wheat crop from diseases, not only in their current generation but also in descending ones.  

Aug 11, 2023 | 3 min read
The human reference genome is finally complete

Researchers rely on the human reference genome as a baseline to identify genetic differences between individuals, which are crucial for understanding human physiology, disease, and evolution. In this study, we focused on the implications of the first-ever complete human reference genome, which improves the identification of genetic variation and ushers in the beginning of a new era in genetics.

Jul 26, 2023 | 4 min read