Content: Volume 7, Issue 1
Crop yield responses to conservation agriculture in Africa
Food demand in sub-Saharan Africa will increase drastically in the coming decades due to rapid population growth and a rise in wealth. Maize is the main African staple crop in terms of calorie intake. However, yields are low and have been stagnating. For example, average... click to read more
Awake or dreaming: how brain ‘noise’ tells the difference
We spend almost one-third of our lives asleep, being disconnected from the world and seemingly 'inactive'. But sleeping is not a waste of time – it is essential for maintaining both our body and mind in good shape. Indeed, sleep is an exceptionally complex biological... click to read more
Learning to stop: two types of neurons cooperate to adjust behaviour
We continuously learn about the consequences of our actions and change our behaviour accordingly so we can in future repeat a response that produced the desired outcome and hold back learned behaviours that are no longer appropriate. Imagine you are hungry and go to the... click to read more
Can active learning in college classrooms disrupt patterns of under-representation in STEM?
The single biggest driver of income inequality in the United States is whether or not a person completes a four-year undergraduate degree. This problem is worse in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). While students from minoritized groups (students from under-represented racial and ethnic... click to read more
Will we soon witness the first summer without Arctic sea ice in 130,000 years?
The Polar Regions represent our early warning system for climate change and are thus closely watched by scientists around the world. On the scientists watchlist, Arctic sea ice is kept under careful observation. In fact, Arctic sea ice decline is one of the most glaring... click to read more