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Shallow Waters, Deep Troubles

Researchers have found that shallow lakes may not only be more sensitive to human-caused nutrient pollution, but harder to restore compared to their deeper cousins.

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Owls That Ventured Out In The Sun

Fossil records unearthed in China suggest that a now-extinct owl species hunted during the day rather than at night.
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A Dino Locked Inside A Bird Skull

A tiny bird skull uncovered in China provides clues to early birds’ jaws sharing similar functions with their dinosaur ancestors than modern birds.
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Ozone Pollution Threatens Asia’s Food Security

Ozone pollution has been linked with about US$63 billion in annual crop production losses, slashing wheat, rice and maize yield in East Asia.
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Asian Scientist Magazine’s 2021 Roundup

Here are 10 of Asian Scientist Magazine’s top stories in 2021, highlighting scientific advances in diverse domains from COVID-19 to climate change.

Pretty Grape: How Grape Seed Extract Makes Mice Live Longer

Research from China demonstrates that a flavonoid extracted from grape seeds increases the lifespan of old mice by killing cells that promote aging.

Mining Microalgae To Reduce Carbon Emissions

A new machine learning-powered method is speeding up how scientists study microalgal cell factories and their carbon cycling functions.
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Digging Up The Genetic Origins Of Inner Asia’s Mummies

Genomic analysis of the Tarim Basin mummies has revealed their origins as a local group in China's Xinjiang region, rather than a migratory population.

Shining Light On Why Beetles Glow

The discovery of a a 99 million year old amber fossil from Myanmar offers insight into how and why beetles began to glow.
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Signs of Supereruptions: The Magma Beneath Toba

By combining geologic dating with computer modeling, scientists have discovered that constant magma build-up fueled Toba’s supereruptions, the largest in Earth’s history.