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Alba Covelo Paz

Junior Scientific Editor

About Alba

"Alba" is the Spanish word for dawn, but she has always been fond of dusk and the starry nights. As a matter of fate, Alba pursued a degree in astrophysics and is currently doing her PhD at the Cosmic Dawn group in the Observatory of Geneva. She studies very distant galaxies and is trying to understand how the first galaxies formed at the beginning of the universe. With a strong passion for education and science communication, she loves bringing science to the general public.

Alba is the editor of 5 Breaks:

An Emerging Era: Wearable Breast Ultrasonography at Home

Ultrasound is key for detecting breast cancer. However, current bulky, planar imaging devices do not fit the unique breast shape well. We have developed a new conformable Ultrasound Breast Patch (cUSBr-Patch), which overcomes this with a flexible transducer array, nature-inspired honeycomb patch, and accurate signal processing. This breakthrough allows breast ultrasound to become wearable, operator-independent, and more accessible.

May 10, 2024 | 3.5 min read
Chemotherapy and heart failure

Patients with a diagnosis of breast cancer or lymphoma who received chemotherapy treatment might be at risk of long-term side effects. We evaluated the association between a type of chemotherapy, called anthracyclines, and the risk of developing heart failure in patients with cancer. In this study, patients treated with anthracycline were more likely to have heart failure compared to controls.

Mar 25, 2024 | 2.5 min read
Earth’s large lakes are shrinking

Lakes play a crucial role in providing freshwater and support many essential ecosystem services. In a new study, we found significant water losses in 53% of large lakes on Earth in the past 28 years. These losses are attributed to human consumption, warming climate, and sedimentation. Two billion people reside in areas where lakes are drying, underscoring the urgent need for management solutions.

Dec 27, 2023 | 3 min read
Heading underground with cold atoms

Sensors deployed down boreholes offer a glimpse into Earth's subsurface properties. This article presents the first step towards a new generation of borehole deployable quantum gravity sensors based on cold atoms. Sensors, which once developed, have the potential to reveal Earth's hidden depths with unparalleled precision.

Dec 1, 2023 | 3 min read
Vikings and Migrants: Unravelling Scandinavia's Genetic Mosaic in the Viking Era

We analysed ancient Scandinavian genomes over 2,000 years, revealing Viking-era influx from southern Europe, British-Irish Isles, and the east Baltic. Genetic diversity increased during that time, but later Scandinavians have less non-local ancestry. Uralic ancestry found 1,000 years ago still impacts northern Scandinavians.

Nov 13, 2023 | 3 min read