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Arshia Ruina

Senior Scientific Editor

About Arshia

The super tiny world of subatomic particles as well as the super giant world of objects in outer space have both been very fascinating to Arshia. Her PhD research is focussed on the physics of particles that are found in cosmic rays — a field that combines both of her interests! She believes that scientists and their science often become so abstract and/or full of jargon that it starts losing its relevance to the general public. It is important that science remains accessible to everyone and continues to inspire wonder and curiosity in human minds about the way the world around them works

Arshia is the editor of 4 Breaks:

Decoding the genome of a jackfruit that grows all year round

Jackfruit is the world’s largest edible single fruit but short growing periods and cross-pollination restrict the commercialization of the its cultivation. Decoding the genome of a year-round and high-yielding jackfruit variety will lay the foundation for biotechnological improvements and the sustainable commercialization of this highly nutritious tropical and sub-tropical multi-purpose fruit.

Sep 6, 2023 | 3.5 min read
How platelets pull the strings

Without platelets, humans might have bled to death even with the tiniest of wounds. But is their only function to stop blood loss? New results suggest that they could also help in starting to heal a wound by forming new specialized tissue. These findings pave the way for improvements in implanted medical devices and treatment options for those suffering from frequent bleeding.

Mar 28, 2023 | 3.5 min read
Do our marine highways disrupt blue whale habitats?

Using dedicated surveys and data from satellite tags, we identified areas where blue whales concentrate in Chilean Patagonia. We show that the main vessel traffic corridor highly overlaps with these areas, where higher risk of negative interactions between vessels and whales is to be expected, and that the aquaculture fleet is, by far, the largest and most densely distributed fleet in the area.  

Mar 1, 2023 | 3.5 min read
The impact of climate change on marine life in ocean depths

Lessons from past warm periods in the Earth's history reveal that climate and atmospheric changes could lead to more intense seasonal rainfall, disturbing immense sedimentary systems, from mountain tops to ocean floors. Great amounts of transported clays are likely to cause muddy waters in the depths of oceans, making them uninhabitable for most marine species.

Feb 16, 2023 | 3 min read