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Fighting deforestation from above

Southeast Asia is home to some of the largest, most diverse tropical forests in the world.   It is also home to some of the oldest forests, dating back an estimated 70 million years. Over the last few decades, many of these have been demolished at an alarming rate, with illegal logging and encroaching agricultural … Continue reading Fighting deforestation from above

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Talking positively about death

By Rebekah Andrews This article was originally published on the City Journal. R U OK day was held last week, bringing to public discussion all forms of anxiety and depressive disorders. According to some psychologists, it is death anxiety that creates almost all other forms of anxiety, and yet it is rarely discussed. https://soundcloud.com/rebekah-andrews-366037831/the-death-positivity-movement-helping-people-with-death-anxiety-1 

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Space Junk or Space Treasure?

This article was written for RMIT Catalyst, the 'Cycle' issue. By Rebekah Andrews Hurtling through space at this exact moment are millions of fragments from old spacecrafts; remnants of former satellites and tools used by astronauts from the very beginning of human space exploration. Researchers call these remnants ‘space junk’, and they are wreaking havoc … Continue reading Space Junk or Space Treasure?

Thawing permafrost could release massive amounts of toxic mercury

This article was originally published on New Atlas. By Rebekah Andrews Mercury has its uses, but it's toxic to humans and animals and can pose a threat to the world's ecosystems. A new study has calculated there is more than 15 million gallons of the stuff sitting trapped in the permafrost north of the equator. … Continue reading Thawing permafrost could release massive amounts of toxic mercury

Brain scans show why people get aggressive after a drink or two

This article was originally published on New Atlas. By Rebekah Andrews It's common knowledge that a drink or two can lower inhibitions and result in people becoming aggressive and violent. Researchers from the University of New South Wales in Australia are asking why, using MRI scans to trace which part of the brain controls aggression. … Continue reading Brain scans show why people get aggressive after a drink or two

Shark skin study promises lift in airplane and turbine design

This article was original published on New Atlas. By Rebekah Andrews Sharks have been around since before dinosaurs roamed the earth, which has given them plenty of time to perfect the art of aerodynamics. It's no surprise then that sharks, like whales, can teach us a thing or two about more efficiently moving through both … Continue reading Shark skin study promises lift in airplane and turbine design

Bulk hair follicle germ growth holds promise for treating baldness

This article was originally published on New Atlas. By Rebekah Andrews It might not be at the same level as solving world hunger, but there are plenty of people around the world waiting for an effective treatment for baldness. Researchers from Yokohama National University have given new hope to these people by growing up to … Continue reading Bulk hair follicle germ growth holds promise for treating baldness