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Vanessa Xavier

Junior Scientific Editor

About Vanessa

Vanessa believes that scientific literacy is necessary for discerning the society we live in and should not be confined to academia alone. She has spent her scientific education majoring in Biology and has tried her hand in different fields, such as cancer, stem cell, and mitochondrial research. This has shown her that every branch of science has new ideas and perspectives that has helped her in her own work. Similarly, she believes that everyone can benefit from learning about how scientists approach questions to discover more about the world around us.

Vanessa is the editor of 2 Breaks:

How nanosized shrapnel from exploding fungal cells may impact us: from allergies to cloud formation

Nano-sized fragments of fungal cells were detected in air over an agricultural area in the U.S. Great Plains region. These atmospheric particles most likely arose from the bursting of whole fungal cells and may play roles in seeding clouds and in spreading fungal allergens.

Nov 5, 2020 | 3.5 min read
A new way to look at light pollution: revealing the good, the bad and the ugly

Which parts of the USA and Europe are the highest polluters of artificial light? A new analysis of this measure reveals great differences between the two sides of the Atlantic Ocean, detailed at the level of counties and provinces. Our studies show that overall, the USA produces polluting light three times more per capita than Europe.

Sep 2, 2020 | 3.5 min read