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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 63 Breaks:

What Caribbean coasts can tell us about the future of climate change

Today’s global warming is threatening our planet, but similar events also happened in the past. This study reveals that characteristic Caribbean coastal dunes were shaped by a dry and windy climate caused by ancient global warming. This discovery will help better predict the future outcomes of today’s climate changes.

Jan 28, 2021 | 3 min read
The Trojan mosquito: an in-house parasite defends against malaria

Malaria is a life-threatening tropical disease globally spreading out, and scientists have been seeking an effective way to control its prevalence. Here, we propose an innovative approach that prevents disease transmission by infecting mosquitoes with a newly found beneficial parasite.

Jan 26, 2021 | 3 min read
A rapidly changing ocean is alarming for fisheries sustainability

Climate change is affecting fisheries around the world. Fisheries managers need an innovative system to consider the climate-driven changes in their decision-making. A new ensemble model of marine ecosystems allows to forecast how climate change may alter North Atlantic fishing grounds for the next decades and to advise fisheries management for the sustainable future.

Jan 22, 2021 | 3.5 min read
It’s clear: the glass frog’s transparent belly has a special advantage

Glass frogs are well known for their transparent belly skin that gives them a unique translucent appearance. We asked how being translucent, rather than completely transparent, may act as camouflage. We found that translucency creates targeted camouflage that helps the frogs better blend into their surroundings, hide from predators, and survive another day.

Jan 20, 2021 | 3.5 min read
Cometary nitrogenous salts tell about the Solar System’s history

Ancient comets are great history-tellers of the Solar system. Our discovery of nitrogenous salts within comets provides hints for how comets might have brought nitrogen onto different planets, including Earth where nitrogen is crucial to creating and preserving life.

Jan 15, 2021 | 3.5 min read
A future of tasty tomatoes

Modern tomatoes are very different from the original tomatoes from South America. Breeding has caused the loss of many essential genes, including those for flavor. Inserting these genes back into modern tomatoes will allow tomatoes to regain flavor.

Jan 14, 2020 | 3 min read