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Content: Volume 7, Issue 2

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How rain sculpts mountains

The shape of Earth's surface can tell us a lot about what kinds of natural events have happened in a region and when. Heavy rainfall, for instance, causes rivers to swell, which can force a river to erode faster into its bed. This connection between... click to read more

  • Byron A. Adams | Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow at School of Earth Science, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
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Reading time 4.5 min
published on May 27, 2021
Using satellites to look for floating plastics in the ocean

Plastics in the marine environment pose a significant threat to marine life. Macroplastics entering ocean waters have two fates - floating on the surface, or sinking. If not removed by clean-up operations, they may harm or even kill marine life through entanglement or ingestion, and/or... click to read more

  • Lauren Biermann | Marine Earth Observation Scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth, UK
  • Dan Clewley | Earth Observation Research Software Engineer at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth, UK
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Reading time 4 min
published on May 26, 2021
What the Earth’s ‘voice’ tells us about its underground architecture

What's under our feet? Our planet has layered internal structures – the central inner and outer cores covered by mantle, crust, and the ground on which you are standing. While these layers are mostly solid, the outer core is liquid since it's extremely hot (around 3000°C)... click to read more

  • Tim Stern | Professor at School of Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Simon Lamb | Assistant Professor at School of Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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Reading time 4 min
published on May 25, 2021
How can a pathogen subvert honey bee social behaviors to increase its success?

Honey bees are important pollinators. However, like us, they can become hosts to many pathogens. As a social species living in enormous colonies, honey bees have evolved many behavioral defenses to deal with disease, for example changes in social contact. However, as new pathogens continue... click to read more

  • Amy C. Geffre | PhD Student at Division of Biological Sciences, University of California San Diego, California, USA
  • Adam G. Dolezal | Assistant Professor at Department of Entomology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, United States
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Reading time 4 min
published on May 21, 2021
How an artificial molecular machine pumps in nanoscale

Nature often uses sophisticated strategies beyond our imagination. For example, biomolecules such as enzymes and nucleic acids form dynamic networks, in which they loosely associate with each other only when they need to perform a task together. Taking inspiration from such weak and temporary interactions,... click to read more

  • Quentin Laurent | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at McGill University, Canada
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 20, 2021