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Content: Volume 7, Issue 1

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Naturally occurring enzyme does the unexpected

Enzymes are molecular machines that produce specific molecules with exquisite efficiency and near perfect control of the end product. Chemists have long sought to employ enzymes in laboratory settings, but are often limited to the specific reactions each enzyme evolved to execute. The efficiency and... click to read more

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Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 9, 2021
The mystery of an ancient reptile with a ridiculously long neck

The Middle Triassic period, between 247 and 237 million years ago, was the age just before the rise of the dinosaurs and a time of great evolutionary innovation. The largest mass extinction event of all time, known as 'The Great Dying', destroyed almost all species... click to read more

  • Stephan Spiekman | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Earth Sciences, Natural History Museum, London, UK
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published on Feb 8, 2021
Microplastics are raining down from the sky

It's entirely possible that tiny fragments of the windbreaker from your childhood, the straw you used sometime last year, or the label from a soft drink you had yesterday are now floating around in the atmosphere. The amount of plastic produced globally increases every year... click to read more

  • Janice Brahney | Assistant Professor at Utah State University, Logan, US
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 5, 2021
What the “invisible” side of the Moon is like

Imagine what you see when looking up at the night sky — the Moon, the Earth's only satellite. Have you ever noticed that you actually always look at the same side of the Moon? Have you perhaps wondered what the other side is like? Scientists... click to read more

  • Yan Su | Professor at National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China; University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • Chunlai Li | Professor at National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China; University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • Elena Pettinelli | Professor at Mathematics and Physics Department, Roma Tre University, Roma, Italy
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published on Feb 4, 2021
Diagnosing cancer by microbial signatures

When was the last time your oncologist talked to a microbiologist? For most, this question seems unusual, as if cancer care had little to do with the communities of microorganisms (microbes) that live together with us, called microbiota. Indeed, the last three decades of cancer... click to read more

  • Gregory D. Poore | PhD Student at Department of Bioengineering, University of California San Diego, CA, USA
  • Rob Knight | Professor at Department of Bioengineering, University of California San Diego, CA, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 3, 2021