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Margaux Héritier

Senior Scientific Editor

About Margaux

Margaux’s early interest in health and how drugs work led her to a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. She’s currently pursuing a PhD using computational tools to design new drugs and study structural biology. She soon realised while practicing as a pharmacist how important science communication is when health professionals communicate with their patients, as this can have a significant impact on how they perceive and follow their treatment. She thinks Science provides an infinite source of wonder, and aims at sparking curiosity for interesting scientific stories thanks to breakers.

Margaux is the editor of 4 Breaks:

Our Galaxy is shooting out bullets of cold gas

Using modern radio-telescopes, we found that the Milky Way expels large amounts of dense, cold gas from its central regions through a powerful galactic wind. Although we don’t understand well this phenomenon yet, it may shape the future life of our Galaxy as it removes the material needed to form the next generation of stars.

Nov 23, 2021 | 3.5 min read
Disparities in food spending away from home: where will COVID hit hospitality hardest?

Despite costing the UK hospitality industry £200 million per day in 2020, the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on the industry are unknown, with measures such as the furlough scheme masking the full consequences. We generated datasets of pre-pandemic spending to assess which areas traditionally relied the most on the hospitality industry and will therefore suffer in the long-term.

Nov 11, 2021 | 3.5 min read
Turning on the lights: how long did it take for the Sun to form?

We have long known the Solar System formed from the collapse of a large cloud of stellar gas and dust. Here, we studied the earliest solids that resulted from this event and found that not only was the cloud made of diverse materials, but it collapsed to form the Sun in just a blink of an eye at the geological timescale.

Sep 30, 2021 | 3.5 min read
Where do plants and animals live in the tropics?

Many plant and animal species inhabit the world’s major tropical areas with new species being discovered each year. But the numbers of species differ greatly between these areas. Thanks to new databases, we now show that Latin America has the largest number of species, followed by Africa and Southeast Asia. Defining the makeup of individual ecosystems will help us preserve them.

Jul 27, 2021 | 3.5 min read