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Content: Volume 6, Issue 4

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7000 years of the peopling of present-day France revealed by paleogenomics

By accessing the genomes of past populations, researchers have revealed how migrations have been at the origin of major cultural changes for our societies. Some of them have shaped Europe's modern genetic heritage. In France, this type of study had only been carried out on... click to read more

  • Melanie Pruvost | Research fellow at University of Bordeaux, CNRS, UMR5199 De la Préhistoire à l’Actuel : Culture, Environnement et Anthropologie (PACEA), allée Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 33600 Pessac
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published on Dec 23, 2020
The inanimate building-blocks for a living synthetic cell

In the field of "bottom-up" synthetic biology, we aim to build lifelike systems from inanimate building blocks. From this approach, we hope to gain deeper insights into the fundamental processes of life and develop new technological innovations. One such significant and possibly the most remarkable... click to read more

  • Kai Libicher | PhD student at Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Am Klopferspitz 18, 82152 Martinsried, Germany
  • Hannes Mutschler | Professor at Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Am Klopferspitz 18, 82152 Martinsried, Germany
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published on Dec 22, 2020
Can coral reef islands survive sea level rise?

Sea-level rise will expose coastal communities around the world to increasingly destructive coastal erosion and flooding. This is especially true for coral reef islands, which are low elevation accumulations of loose sand and gravel that have become populated throughout the tropics. For atoll nations like... click to read more

  • Eddie Beetham | Coastal scientist at Tonkin and Taylor International Ltd., Auckland, New Zealand
  • Gerd Masselink | Professor of Coastal Geomorphology at School of Biological and Marine Sciences, University of Plymouth, UK
  • Paul Kench | Professor of Earth Science at Department of Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
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published on Dec 21, 2020
Storm surge extremes are so SPATIAL

On hearing the term climate change, very often, what comes first to mind is rising temperatures, sea-level rise, or ice melting in Greenland and Antarctica. Only after catastrophic weather hazards, such as those associated with severe storms, the debate turns into the impact of climate... click to read more

  • Francisco M. Calafat | Senior Scientist at National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool, UK
  • Marta Marcos | Associate professor at University of the Balearic Islands, Palma, Spain
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published on Dec 18, 2020
Digging up a dinosaur in a galaxy cluster

Galaxy clusters are the biggest gravitationally-bound objects in the Universe, millions of light years across, some as massive as a quadrillion (10^15) suns. They contain thousands of galaxies and are filled with 100-million-degree plasma, so tenuous it is a million times less dense than the... click to read more

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published on Dec 17, 2020