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Dialog / Iberian-Appalachian connection unveils a new and deep view of the interior of Pangea as it was amalgamated

Recently, my team reported unprecedented evidence of a continental connection between the ancient landmasses Laurentia (North America) and Iberia (the northern margin of Gondwana) in the Late Pennsylvanian period (307-299 ...

Feb 19, 2020 in Earth
Dialog / Meet the insects that are defying the plunge in biodiversity

In 2019, there were 44 million fewer breeding birds in the UK than there were in the 1970s. There are thought to be fewer than one million hedgehogs, compared to 35 million in the 1950s. Two-thirds of British butterflies ...

Feb 18, 2020 in Biology
Dialog / What I've learnt about drug testing in Nigeria over the last 20 years

Poor quality medicine is one of the obstacles to improving health in developing countries. One in 10 medicines may not meet acceptable standards, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Feb 17, 2020 in Medicine & Health
Dialog / Designing artificial brains can help us learn more about real ones

Despite billions of dollars spent and decades of research, computation in the human brain remains largely a mystery. Meanwhile, we have made great strides in the development of artificial neural networks, which are designed ...

Feb 14, 2020 in Medicine & Health
Dialog / No such thing as nonlinear resolution in ultrafast laser machining

This year, we celebrate the 60th birthday of the laser. Its inventor, Theodore Maiman, once famously called it "a solution looking for problems," a judgment that has been soundly contradicted over the decades, as demonstrated ...

Feb 14, 2020 in Physics
Dialog / New discovery: Madagascar's bizarre aye-aye has six fingers on each hand

The aye-aye is one of nature's most fascinatingly bizarre creatures. Native to Madagascar, this lemur is the largest nocturnal primate in the world and has unique features that set it apart. It has bat‐like ears that allow ...

Feb 12, 2020 in Biology
Dialog / Discovering new details of the human intestinal mesentery

A new discovery regarding the human intestinal mesentery may radically change the fundamentals of anatomy and embryology and related surgical approaches.

Feb 06, 2020 in Medicine & Health
Dialog / The gravitational conflict that created the asteroid belt

The asteroid belt is the ring-shaped disc consisting of irregular small bodies called asteroids located between Mars and Jupiter. I have studied the origins of the asteroid belt in the the solar system and showed how the ...

Feb 04, 2020 in Astronomy & Space
Dialog / We found a way to trap stable flies: their dung preferences helped us

Stable flies (Stomoxys calcitrans) are cold-blooded pests. They feed on the blood of their hosts, which include cattle, camels, horses, dogs and humans. During their feeding they can mechanically transmit viruses and bacteria ...

Feb 03, 2020 in Biology
Dialog / Artificial soft-touch fingers: A new class of low-voltage smart device

Soft actuators are an exciting class of smart devices that are actuated by an external stimulus such as light, temperature, electric potential or pneumatic pressure. Softness is one of the main advantages of these actuators. ...

Feb 03, 2020 in Chemistry
Dialog / Warp factor: We've observed a spinning star that drags the fabric of space and time

One of the predictions of Einstein's general theory of relativity is that any spinning body drags the very fabric of space-time in its vicinity around with it. This is known as "frame-dragging."

Jan 31, 2020 in Astronomy & Space
Dialog / How we recruited albatrosses to patrol the high seas for illegal fishers

Wandering albatrosses have long been considered exceptional creatures. They can fly 8.5 million kilometres during their lifetimes – the equivalent of flying to the Moon and back more than ten times. Their three-and-a-half-metre ...

Jan 30, 2020 in Biology