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Content: Volume 6, Issue 4

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Elpistostege: a fish with legs or a tetrapod with fins?

Around 350 B.C., the Greek philosopher Aristotle asserted that our hand is the "tool of tools." Our hands and fingers help us to work, to create, to communicate. But when did these anatomical structures appear in our distant ancestors? For the past 530 million years... click to read more

  • Richard Cloutier | Professor at Université du Québec à Rimouski, Québec, Canada
  • John A. Long | Strategic Professor at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
  • Alice M. Clement | Researcher at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
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Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 16, 2020
Arid lands transform abruptly as aridity increases

Climate change poses a concrete threat to arid ecosystems, in which water is limited (it rains less than 65% of what is evaporated). These dry ecosystems cover almost half of the terrestrial surface and are predicted to go through increased aridification, which endangers the plants... click to read more

  • Miguel Berdugo | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (UPF-CSIC), 08003, Barcelona, Spain
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Reading time 3 min
published on Dec 15, 2020
More droughts, more war?

Historically, violent conflicts tend to predominantly erupt in bad years, when droughts, floods, or heatwaves put the functioning of societies to the test. Does this mean that violent conflicts will become more frequent as extreme weather becomes increasingly common, globally, because of climate change? While each... click to read more

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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 14, 2020
Stress management in lithium-sulfur battery: some space to breathe

Lithium-ion batteries, of the type we can find in any house-hold, have changed the world. But as society moves away from fossil fuels, we will need cheaper and greener technologies for storing energy to support renewable electricity generation and electric vehicles. The Lithium-Sulfur (Li-S) battery... click to read more

  • Mahdokht Shaibani | Research Fellow at Monash University, Clayton VIC 3800, Australia
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 11, 2020
Mosquito travel diaries: destinations, routes, stowaways, and … cost

Although grappling with a viral pandemic, half the world's population is at risk of illness or death from malaria, dengue, and other mosquito-borne diseases. Therefore, it's no surprise that controlling mosquitoes is a top global health priority. But there's a lot we don't know about... click to read more

  • Tovi Lehmann | Research Fellow at Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, NIAID, NIH, Rockville, MD, USA
  • Ben J. Krajacich | Research Fellow at Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, NIAID, NIH, Rockville, MD, USA
  • Roy Faiman | Research Fellow at Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, NIAID, NIH, Rockville, MD, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 10, 2020