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Plastic waste and the pandemic
5th October, 2021
Single-use plastic consumption has skyrocketed with the pandemic, and not everyone is disposing of plastics safely.
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Perinatal mental health
4th October, 2021
Pregnancy is a time of great vulnerability, so it may come as no surprise that mental health conditions are higher for women on average around pregnancy (including during and just after) than any other time.
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Snake acrobatics
23rd September, 2021
Invasive brown tree snakes make a lasso with their tails to help them climb up wide trees, and inspire engineers.
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Talking of naked mole rats...
8th September, 2021
Naked mole rats have been extensively studied because of their amazing longevity, but scientists have only just started to study their communication.
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Whale geologists
26th August, 2021
The voice of the fin whale penetrates the earth’s crust beneath the sea floor – a whale born ultrasound.
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21st August, 2021
We don’t know what causes lightning, how much of it there is, nor how to predict it. As global temperatures increase, so does lightning; as lightning increases, so do global temperatures. Its impact on atmospheric chemistry is still being explored.
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