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Issue 4 is a book of stark warnings, but also of hope, as we delve into the global fight against plastic pollution and look at a future world where water is scarce.
We delve deep into human history, looking at Vikings and Andeans alike, highlight the dangers of taking nitrous oxide as a recreational drug, and also marvel at the way in which scientists are developing soft robotics that seemingly take on a life of their own.
Space has been a universe of records recently, so we take a look at some of the firsts, biggests, and closests in the cosmos, as well as visit two amazing far-off planets – one with the density of marshmallow, and another that shouldn’t exist at all.
And finally, neatly returning us to the issue of pollution and our global waters, Aether 4 ends with a special section featuring some of the very latest research into coral reefs and tropical marine ecosystems. It’s not all good news, but it highlights the crucial need to protect these stunning environments.
Science needs to be seen and not just published.
Dr Letizia Bocchi has a PhD in Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Molecular Biology. She is head of MEDICA laboratory, head of MEDICA patent office and general board member.
She is also the co-ordinator of the EU-funded projects Graphil (Core 3 SH1 Graphene Flagship, Horizon 2020) and LIFE-REMEMBRANCE (LIFE programme 2020) and co-author of 14 publications on peer-reviewed international journals.
Dr Hao Zeng is currently a Finland Academy Research Fellow and the leader of the Light Robots Group at Tampere University.
He obtained a PhD degree in photonics from Florence University in 2015. Then he carried out postdoctoral research in Finland between 2016 and 2021.
His research includes light-responsive polymers, micro-robots and non-equilibrium soft matters. In 2022 he received ERC Starting Grant with a project on light communicative materials.
Dr Tessi Loeffelmann is a bioarchaeologist with a background in human osteology and palaeopathology, predominantly conducting her research using isotope analyses.
She has previously worked as a field archaeologist and an osteoarchaeologist, but then decided to return to academia where she focused on cremated human and animal remains from the early medieval period.
Aether is a new digital service that shares insights from our greatest scientific minds and industrial pioneers for society to learn from. Discoveries are found through the Aether, and not just published.
Aether : Issue 4 : May 2023