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Content: Volume 6, Issue 1

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Ancient water harvesting practices can help solve modern problems

Some people might think that indigenous knowledge is outdated and less valuable than mainstream knowledge. However, revaluing ancient wisdom can help solve some of the most challenging problems in modernity. One important example is that of supplying water to large urban populations located in water-scarce... click to read more

  • Boris F. Ochoa-Tocachi | Research Associate at Imperial College London, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK
  • Wouter Buytaert | Reader at Imperial College London, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK
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Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 14, 2020
Humans are affecting the evolution of animals and plants

Like in a theatre where actors interact to perform the script of a given play, species on Earth interact with each other in an ecological arena, interpreting millions of years of evolution. The famous ecologist G.E. Hutchinson made that analogy back in 1965, calling attention... click to read more

  • Carine Emer | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at São Paulo State University, São Paulo, Brazil
Views 284
Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 13, 2020
A connected ocean: drifting fish larvae bind nations' marine territories

Marine fisheries are an important source of food, employment, and income for millions of people. Over 90% of the marine fish we eat are caught within countries' coastal waters, and policies to conserve these fish often assume they stay within those waters their whole lives.... click to read more

  • Nandini Ramesh | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Kimberly L. Oremus | Assistant Professor at School of Marine Science and Policy, University of Delaware, Newark, USA
  • James A. Rising | Assistant Professor at Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics, London, UK
Views 174
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 12, 2020
How machine intelligence helps in translating the neural code

When we look at the world before us, we experience a unified scene of shapes and colors. But individual neurons in our brain do not. They are microscopic automata that can only emit electrical impulses when specific shape patterns appear in their little territory of... click to read more

  • Carlos Ponce | Professor at Washington University at St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, United States
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Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 11, 2020
How almonds became sweet

Salads, vegan milk, yogurt, marzipan - all these products contain healthy sweet almonds. The almond ancestor, which still grows in the wild, carries bitter almonds. Consumption of its bitter kernels can be lethal to us and to wild herbivores. The bitterness comes from the presence... click to read more

  • Raquel Sánchez-Pérez | Senior Research Scientist at Department of Plant Breeding, CEBAS-CSIC, Espinardo, Spain
  • Birger Lindberg Møller | Professor at VILLUM Research Center for Plant Plasticity, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 7, 2020