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2021 Magazine articles

The virus hunter

Environment, People, Science11 May 2021Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Tokyo Institute of Technology
Tomohiro Mochizuki tracks down viruses inside single-cell organisms thriving in boiling hot springs. His fieldwork is conducted in relatively extreme environments and, despite the significance of his investigations, he doesn’t need many fancy gadgets back at his lab at Japan’s Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI). ARN asked Mochizuki about his virus-hunting exploits and what they involve.
Assistant Professor Tony Z. Jia

Early Earth droplets and the origins of life

People, Science, Space11 May 2021Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Tokyo Institute of Technology
Tony Z. Jia is a specially-appointed assistant professor and lab manager at Japan’s Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), based at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is an astrobiologist and shared highlights from his dual research/management role.

When evolutionary trees get froggy

Environment, Plants & Animals10 May 2021Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
A new study on frogs shows gene flow and population structure should be considered to determine if morphologically similar and genetically distinct animals comprise separate species.

Rare access reveals East Antarctic melting hotspot

Climate Change, Environment10 May 2021Hokkaido University
Ice is melting at a surprisingly fast rate underneath Shirase Glacier Tongue in East Antarctica due to the continuing influx of warm seawater into the Lützow-Holm Bay.

Electricity generated drop by drop

Energy, Environment, Water10 May 2021City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
A new device can light up 100 LED bulbs with a single drop of water.

Machine learning predicts structural corrosion

Artificial Intelligence, Environment, Materials10 May 2021National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Complex algorithms can be taught to predict steel corrosion rates in coastal regions, helping engineers choose the best materials for each location.

Deep ocean in deep trouble

Climate Change, Environment, Plants & Animals10 May 2021Hokkaido University
Deep sea animals face greater risks compared to those nearer the surface as they become less able to maintain their preferred thermal habitats with climate change.

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