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July eNews

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Top 5 June 2021

1. “Wild North” puts cold water swimming on the map, published by Lancaster University on 07/06/21

Two friends from Lancaster University have set up their own business catering to wild swimmers after discovering the sport during lockdown.

Matt Alpin, who is a Sport & Exercise Science student, and Luke Harrison, who graduated with an MSc in Conservation & Biodiversity, founded Wild North to offer changing robes for outdoor swimmers.

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2. Unique Viking textiles found in woman’s grave, published by The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) on 11/06/21

“Finding embroidered textiles from the Viking Age is so unusual that you almost can’t believe it’s true,” says archaeologist Ruth Iren Øien at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) University Museum.

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3. Making sure ships, other marine craft find their way, published by The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) on 11/06/21

If you’ve ever wondered about the importance of shipping and navigation, think back to the grounding of the Ever Given container ship in the Suez Canal in March this year. The ship, stuck fast for six days, crippled shipping worldwide at the costs of billions of US dollars. A new edition of a popular textbook looks at marine guidance, navigation and control

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4. Will Chinese overtake English as the ultimate global language?, published by Flinders University on 21/06/21

With the rise of China’s global power comes parallel increases in influence, with a new Australian book forecasting that Chinese has the potential to become a more prominent global language.

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5. Exposure to Air Pollution Increases Risk for Neurodegeneration, published by IOS Press on 22/06/21

There is growing awareness that air pollutants are playing a critical role in the development of neurodegenerative diseases. A new book, Alzheimer’s Disease and Air Pollution: The Development and Progression of a Fatal Disease from Childhood and the Opportunities for Early Intervention, edited by Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas, MA, MD, PhD, compiles the latest research establishing links between air pollution and neurodegeneration. It is part of the Advances in Alzheimer’s Disease series, published by IOS Press.

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Editor's choice

Predicting the evolution of a pandemic published by KAUST - King Abdullah University of Science and Technology on 15/06/2021

The inclusion of biological uncertainty and the latest case data can significantly improve the prediction accuracy of standard epidemiological models of virus transmission, new research led by KAUST and the Kuwait College of Science and Technology (KCST) has shown. Modern mathematical epidemic models have been tested like never before during the COVID-19 pandemic. These models use mathematics to describe the various biological and transmission processes involved in an epidemic. However, when such factors are highly uncertain, such as during the emergence of a new virus like COVID-19, the predictions can be unreliable.

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Image Caption: KAUST researchers have developed a mathematical model that incorporates biological uncertainty and up-to-date case data to improve the accuracy of virus transmission models.© 2021 KAUST; Ivan Gromicho

Sealed, Signed and Delivered published by Hebrew University of Jerusalem on 10/06/2021

A team of archaeologists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) made a rare discovery when they unearthed a small clay seal impression dating back some 7000 years. The impression, with two different geometric stamps imprinted on it, was discovered in Tel Tsaf, a prehistoric village located in Israel’s Beit She’an Valley up north.

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Image caption: Tel Tsaf seal with modern impression_Credit Vladimir Nichen

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Fossilized: 99-Million-Year-Old Birth

Land snails are usually preserved as fossilized snail shells or imprints, while preservation of their soft bodies is a rarity. “Our new amber find is truly remarkable for this reason as well,” explains Dr. Adrienne Jochum of the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt and the Natural History Museum of the Burgergemeinde Bern, and she continues, “In a piece of Cretaceous amber from Myanmar, we discovered the body and shell of an exceptionally well-preserved female land snail shortly after the birth of her offspring, which is also preserved in the amber.”

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Image caption: A 99-million-year-old live birth in amber. The female snail and her five young. Photo: Tingting Yu

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