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Editorial Snapshot: Trends in academic publishing in the wake of Covid-19

- A.S., Editor

Scientists worldwide are continuing to contribute to a rapidly growing repository of knowledge in efforts to combat COVID-19. In support of the rapid dissemination of relevant literature, many major publishers have already unlocked paywalls on papers relating to the novel coronavirus. However, one of the biggest questions in the academic publishing industry at the moment is whether the current trends in publishing will continue once the global emergency has ended.

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Science News: The returning threat of locust swarms

– K.J., Editor

Many countries in East Africa and Western Asia have been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic and famine. Unfortunately, these countries are facing another serious problem with locust swarms that are growing much worse every day. Locusts are insects that usually live alone, but can gather into huge groups called swarms. Locusts are herbivores that eat crops like grains and vegetables. In fact, a swarm of 40 million locusts can eat the same amount of food in a single day as 3 million people.

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Science News: Gravitational waves and new frontiers in astrophysics

– A.S., Editor

The existence of gravitational waves was first proposed by Albert Einstein in 1916. In his now well-known theory of relativity, Einstein showed that these waves, which can be thought of as disruptions or “ripples” in spacetime, occur due to the acceleration of extremely massive objects, such as black holes and neutron stars. However, while the behavior of binary pulsars has previously provided indirect evidence of these elusive waves, it was not until 2015, almost a century since Einstein’s original prediction, that gravitational waves were directly detected for the first time at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).

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Science News: Animals coping with lifestyle changes caused by COVID-19

– K.J., Editor

From cancelled vacations to teleworking at home, everyone’s life has been impacted by COVID-19 in some way or another, usually to the delight of our home-bound furry companions. Some pets have responded with excitement, while others have not allowed their human owners to disrupt their routines.

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