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On the State of the Species: pushing ahead in the race against infectious diseases
October 2014

On the State of the Species: pushing ahead in the race against infectious diseases

by Charles de Bourcy Lush is the diversity of life forms on Earth, unrelenting their struggle for survival. From the fluorescent pygmy scorpion hiding in tree bark to an underwater feeding frenzy in front of the island of Nusa Lembongan, all observations on our naturalist expedition to the Malay Archipelago in August 2014, led by Rob … Continue reading

Can a small fish answer the big question?
October 2014

Can a small fish answer the big question?

by Kirill Vinnikov Most of the islands in the Central Pacific are very young in comparison with continental landmasses. They began to develop deep in the ocean through active volcanic processes and eventually emerged above the water creating completely new habitats for different types of organisms. How numerous species of plants and animals colonized these novel … Continue reading

How will East Africa address its food crisis?
August 2014

How will East Africa address its food crisis?

by Saul Daniel Ddumba Over decades, food production in East Africa has been affected by a changing climate, limited use of fertilizers and pest control, inadequate food storage facilities and complex marketing channels that together have led to chronic malnutrition, hunger and poverty (Figure 1). We are also uncertain about how future changes in climate will … Continue reading

780 million people could gain access to safe drinking water by using Manganese Oxides
July 2014

780 million people could gain access to safe drinking water by using Manganese Oxides

By Michel Vargas Water is the most precious of mankind’s natural resources. Only 2.5% of all Earth’s water is fresh, and often this water needs to be purified to become potable. Over 2 billion people worldwide have gained access to safe drinking water since 1990. Nevertheless, 780 million people remain without a safe supply of … Continue reading

Bottling up the sun – the latest on our quest for fusion energy
June 2014

Bottling up the sun – the latest on our quest for fusion energy

by Jonathan Squire The human race has an energy problem. Despite continually increasing demand, we still have no truly viable way to produce energy on a necessary scale without significant environmental consequences. So what about solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, geothermal, or CCS (carbon capture and storage)? Each of these generation methods has its own disadvantages, and certainly … Continue reading