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Dr. Akira Ohkubo

Associate Editor

About Akira

Akira has always been captivated with the art of storytelling. He soon realized that he could merge this interest with his scientific career. For example, how would you explain what DNA is to a 5 year old child? He believes that questions like this can be clearly answered by using metaphors and stories which can be easily understood by everyone. Since science is one of the best ways to uncover the beauty of our world, Akira aims to bring this message across by sharing exciting and elegant scientific stories with TheScienceBreaker.

Akira is the editor of 57 Breaks:

How fisheries bring carbon dioxide back to the atmosphere

Global carbon dioxide emissions increasingly rise with adverse climate impacts. Protection and restoration of land and coastal ecosystems are valuable natural climate solutions. In a new study, we introduce open ocean ecosystems as another promising target, revealing how drastically fisheries disturb the carbon cycle.

Jul 23, 2021 | 3 min read
How did wild cats turn into our beloved domestic animals?

Ancient wild cats likely decided to move to our house thousands of years ago, but how this unique evolutionary adaptation happened remains unknown. Our study suggests that the rise of agriculture in Neolithic times helped establish the intimate human-cat relationship.

Jul 19, 2021 | 3.5 min read
Overfishing endangers oceanic sharks and rays

Overfishing has threatened many oceanic sharks and rays with extinction, however, there’s a gap in our knowledge. Our study is the first to provide quantitative evidence for the severity of their declines. It reveals that overfishing of oceanic sharks has far outpaced effective fishery management, alarming that governments have failed to protect them.

Jul 14, 2021 | 4 min read
Global warming puts fish mating at risk

Accelerating ocean warming is threatening marine ecosystems, and aquatic animals increasingly suffer from brutal heat waves. A new study reveals that fish’s heat-tolerance changes over developmental stages, highlighting their mating phase as deadly heat vulnerable. This discovery warns about the conservation of our beloved fish and sustainability in fisheries.

Jul 12, 2021 | 3.5 min read
How an artificial intelligence bends a single molecule

Nature often inspires scientists to engineer molecules for cutting-edge technologies like quantum computers. However, it has been challenging to handle molecular-scale motions within our hands. Our study proposes that it may be time for us to hand the ‘controller’ to artificial intelligence that can perform such a complex task very precisely.

Jul 9, 2021 | 4.5 min read
Sea otters: how welcome should a recovering top predator be?

The recovery of sea otters in Pacific Canada is broadly seen as a rewilding success story because they contribute to a more productive and biodiverse ecosystem. However, they also displace local fisheries by eating commercially valuable shellfish. Our study examined some of the costs and benefits from the recovery of this endearing, endangered animal.

Jul 7, 2021 | 3.5 min read