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Is a PhD useful outside the walls of a university? For ages, this qualification has been touted as the gold standard for research practitioners. PhD holders are not only expected to research on new ways of solving problems but also teach students in university. But what options do they have when universities seem to be downsizing instead of employing? Well, the real question should be whether PhD graduates can work outside universities.

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Meet the 7 Longest Living Ocean Animals

Ocean Conservancy

What is the secret to living a long life? Often centenarians will share their secrets, including eating oatmeal each day, staying single, exercising or having a positive outlook on life.

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Satellite Images of Our Changing Earth in 2021

Yale E360

NASA's Earth Observatory regularly publishes striking satellite images of our rapidly changing planet, from the massive fires in Greece and California to the historic floods in China and the Netherlands.

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Joining the dots: how seemingly unrelated fields of science are fundamentally linked

Physics World

John Gribbin must like counting. Following on from his books Six Impossible Things (2019) and Seven Pillars of Science (2020), the veteran science writer’s latest offering is Eight Improbable Possibilities: the Mystery of the Moon and Other Implausible Scientific Truths.

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Integrating snake distribution, abundance and expert-derived behavioural traits to predict snakebite risk

The Applied Ecologist

In their latest research, Martin et al. estimate the spatial patterns of seven snake species from Sri Lanka and combine these estimations with indices of species’ relative abundance, aggressiveness and envenoming severity to test whether these traits explain spatial patterns of snakebite risk.

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Touchdown of the Pacific Footballfish

Ocean Conservancy

An interesting phenomenon has been unfolding in California … . Last week, San Diego beachgoers were startled by the appearance of a creature that looked most unusual washing up on it shores – the body of a Pacific footballfish, or Himantolophus sagamius, was gently sitting on the sand.

For the European Union, 2021 Was a Banner Year for Solar Power

Yale E360

Installed solar capacity in the European Union grew by 34 percent in 2021, and Europe is now on pace to quadruple its solar energy generation by 2030, according to a new report from SolarPower Europe, a trade organization. Read more on E360

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Scientists digitally ‘unwrap’ mummy of pharaoh Amenhotep I for the first time in 3,000 years

Frontier Sin

By Mischa Dijkstra, Frontiers science writer. For the first time since the 11th century BCE, scientists have unwrapped – virtually, using CT scans – the mummy of pharaoh Amenhotep I (r. 1525 to 1504 BCE), the only royal mummy to remain unopened in modern times.

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Thomas E. Lovejoy, III (1941-2021)

Academy of Natural Sciences

On December 25 the world lost one of the great champions of conservation and a long-time friend and associate of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Tom Lovejoy.

Kentucky to Build State's Largest Solar Project on Former Coal Mine

Yale E360

The renewable energy firm, Savion, is building a 200-megawatt solar installation on a former coal mine on the border of Kentucky and West Virginia. When completed, it will be the largest solar project in Kentucky. Read more on E360

Quantum science & technology: Highlights of 2021

Physics World

Last month, Physics World reported on a campaign to make 2025 the official UN International Year of Quantum Science and Technology.

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Community-level responses of African carnivores to prescribed burning

The Applied Ecologist

Fires are common in many ecosystems world-wide, and are frequently used as a management tool. Using South African carnivores as their focal community, Laura C.

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A COVID Vaccine for All

Scientific American

With proved technology and no-frills tech transfer, CORBEVAX is poised to reach hundreds of millions in the coming weeks. -- Read more on Health Vaccines

2022 preview: What will the coronavirus do next?

New Scientist

The coronavirus will continue to evolve and could trigger further waves of infections, requiring more vaccinations and boosters

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How geometry can help us understand everything from biology to politics

Physics World

(Courtesy: Shutterstock/Olga Korneeva). Geometry – Greek for “measuring the world” – is one of the oldest branches of mathematics and concerns shapes and their properties.

A tool to guide the selection of tree species and seed sources for forest landscape restoration

The Applied Ecologist

In their latest research, Tobias Fremout and colleagues present a scalable and freely available online tool, Diversity for Restoration (D4R), to identify suitable tree species and seed sources for climate-resilient tropical forest landscape restoration.

Hollywood Can Take On Science Denial; Don't Look Up Is a Great Example

Scientific American

This new release uses a comet hurtling toward Earth to satirize the way we dismiss scientific fact and the scientists who discover them. -- Read more on Space & Physics Astrophysics

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Can Elon Musk and Tesla really build a humanoid robot in 2022?

New Scientist

The car company’s expertise in AI could help it design a working prototype, but delivering a reliable product on schedule will be challenging

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NASA launches flagship $10bn James Webb Space Telescope

Physics World

NASA has successfully launched its much anticipated $10bn James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The mission took off today aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the European Spaceport located near Kourou, French Guiana, at 12:20 GMT. It will now make its way to Lagrange point L2 – a place in space some 1.5

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Test your climate current affairs know-how with our 2021 End of Year Green Quiz?

A Greener Life

Yet again 2021 gave us temperature records, but can you guess how warm it got? Despite the prevalence of the Covid pandemic, the ongoing climate and nature crisis has dominated the news more than ever this year. So what actually happened in 2021?

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The James Webb Space Telescope Has Launched: Now Comes the Hard Part

Scientific American

After years of delay, the most ambitious observatory ever built has at last left Earth. It now faces a high-stakes series of deployments in deep space. -- Read more on Space & Physics Astronomy

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E. O. Wilson: Extraordinary scholar who warned of biodiversity crisis

New Scientist

Naturalist and ant expert Edward O. Wilson, who died on 26 December, made at least five seminal contributions to ecology and was passionate about finding a more sustainable way for humans to live on Earth

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How the technology we create changes us

Physics World

On the dot Before the telegraph and quartz clocks, Ruth Belville set her watch at Greenwich Royal Observatory and carried the accurate time to customers. This is just one tale of how key inventions changed human society in Ainissa Ramirez’s new book. Courtesy: Daily Express , 10 March 1908).

Adapting to climate change will only get more expensive

A Greener Life

Over time, as the climate warms, the costs of rebuilding from the impacts of climate change will soar. Photo credit: USAID US Agency for International Development via Wikimedia. By Michael Allen.

Cells Deep in Your Brain Place Time Stamps on Memories

Scientific American

Researchers are unlocking not just the “what” and “where” of a recollection but also the “when” -- Read more on Mind & Brain Memory

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The James Webb Space Telescope is finally on its way into orbit

New Scientist

After numerous delays, the biggest space telescope ever has blasted off on Christmas Day, and will begin its science mission in mid 2022

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Rescuing FEMA (and ourselves)

Legal Planet

2021 was a year of disasters, with extraordinary heat waves, fires, a string of hurricanes, a cold snap that left Texas in the dark, winter tornados, and torrential rains. FEMA has been left badly overstretched. That’s an urgent problem, and it’s likely a foretaste of the future.

Announcing Our 2021 Volunteer of The Year!

Washington Nature

Volunteers are mission critical to The Nature Conservancy, and we are so fortunate to have such a great group of incredible, dedicated folks. In 2021, one volunteer’s contributions toward our mission rose above the rest.

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How Biotech Crops Can Crash--and Still Never Fail

Scientific American

The U.N. Food Systems Summit put biotechnology at center stage, although agroecological innovations offer greater promise for sustainability. -- Read more on Environment Agriculture

The mummy of Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep I has been digitally unwrapped

New Scientist

Amenhotep I ruled Egypt from around 1525 to 1504 BC and his pristine mummy has never been unwrapped, but CT scans have now allowed us to peer inside

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Book review: Regeneration, by Paul Hawken

A Greener Life

By Jeremy Williams. Drawdown is one of my favourite climate books, an extensive study into the top fifty ways to reverse climate change, edited into an accessible and inspiring book by Paul Hawken. Regeneration is similar.

Greta Thunberg calls out Biden for climate action failures


Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has criticized U.S. president Joe Biden for failing to lead in the fight against the climate crisis. In a detailed interview with the Washington Post, the 18-year-old activist criticized Biden and other world leaders for their lack of action

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How to Stop Doomscrolling News and Social Media

Scientific American

“Doomscroll Reminder Lady” Karen K. Ho explains how to step away from the screen. -- Read more on Features Behavior Technology Computing

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Dolphins may communicate by changing the volume of their whistles

New Scientist

Common bottlenose dolphins identify themselves with a unique call, but these whistles may carry extra information through variations in volume

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Madagascar December appeal – the work on the ground?

A Greener Life

Dried out rice fields as a result of the drought. Photo credit: Seed Madagascar. By Anders Lorenzen. In our first two articles in our Madagascar famine appeal , we have focused on outlining the issue.

Scientists develop biodegradable, antimicrobial food packaging


Scientists have developed biodegradable food packaging material that kills microbes that contaminate foods. The waterproof packaging uses a type of corn protein called zein, plus starch and other natural compounds. A team of scientists from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, U.S. developed the material

Sometimes Science Is Wrong

Scientific American

Research is a self-correcting process, but that fact is often lost on the public. -- Read more on Social Sciences Culture

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