Research Preview: Science Magazine – August 19, 2022


Small stowaways on new NASA rocket promise big science

Batteries allowing, CubeSats will target lunar ice and more

China rises to first place in one key metric of research impact

Other methods still put the United States somewhat ahead

New law’s big payout for farming has uncertain climate payoff

Measures to capture carbon in soil may be less effective than hoped, scientists say

Bioengineering soybean plants to improve regulation of photoprotection—a natural process that enables plants to cope with excess absorbed light energy—improved soybean seed yield by up to 33% in field trials.

Read that study and more this week in Science:

Previews: The Economist Magazine – August 20, 2022


Will Donald Trump run again?

And, if he does, would Republicans pick him as their nominee?

What kind of prime minister will Britain get?

It will be a technocrat who knows what to do, or a politician who knows how to do it

Island Views: A Van Tour Around Corsica, France

Corsica, a mountainous Mediterranean island, presents a mix of stylish coastal towns, dense forest and craggy peaks (Monte Cinto is the highest). Nearly half the island falls within a park whose hiking trails include the challenging GR 20. Its beaches range from busy Pietracorbara to remote Saleccia and Rondinara. It’s been part of France since 1768, but retains a distinct Italian culture. 

World Journalism: New Internationalist – Sept ’22

September-October 2022, Issue 539

Railways can be a world unto themselves. When properly managed, this can mean it’s easier to get things done on the railways than in other parts of an economy. That should be a huge opportunity for reducing climate emissions by getting passengers off the roads and out of the skies. But unless we re-purpose rail networks to serve the interests of people – and not those of the empires and corporations which built them and run them to this day – we can’t succeed. This edition explores how we can make a start on this task.


With an election looming, Jair Bolsonaro has set an economic timebomb for Brazil, writes Leonardo Sakamoto.

Previews: New Humanist Magazine – Autumn 2022

Making sense of war

Polishing the crystal ball

The intelligence community often fails to make accurate predictions. Amy Zegart, an expert brought in to improve analysis in the United States, sets out what can be done to overcome our cognitive biases.

Improving analysis to prevent nuclear catastrophe isn’t just a matter of history. Great power competition is back. Russia and China are trying to rewrite the international order along authoritarian lines.

Research Preview: Nature Magazine – August 18, 2022

Volume 608 Issue 7923

The cover captures the morning mist at Kaeng Krachan National Park in Thailand. Like every other aspect of life on Earth, forests are facing increased challenges posed by climate change. A collection of papers in this week’s issue probes the vulnerabilities and potential resilience of forests in a warming world. Three studies focus on North America: one examining the response of boreal species to warming and drought, another analysing the timing of stem growth in temperate deciduous forests, and a third revealing migration of white spruce (Picea glauca) into the Arctic tundra. In the tropics, one paper investigates the 

impact of phosphorus availability in the Amazon, while another assesses the reasons for increased mortality of tropical trees. Finally, a sixth paper shows how satellite imaging can be combined with machine learning to identify declining resilience in the world’s forests.

Views: Freerunner Jason Paul Races Across Mumbai

Parkour athlete Jason Paul uses all of his freerunning skills and speed to chase across the busy streets of Mumbai to return a Bollywood actors lunchbox… 🇮🇳

See more incredible freerunning from Jason Paul here:…

Arts & Literature: ‘Before And After’ – Paul Gaughin

Explore Paul Gauguin’s final manuscript

Below, you can explore Avant et après, the final manuscript of the highly influential French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin. It is available both in its original form, as well as translated.

Part-memoir and part-manifesto, Avant et après reveals important insights into Gauguin’s life, relationships and thoughts. It includes numerous drawings and monotype prints by the artist.

Avant et après is an important addition to what is already the most significant collection of works by Gauguin in the UK – joining amongst other works the masterpieces from his Tahitian period, Nevermore and Te Rerioa – and further strengthens The Courtauld’s resources for Gauguin scholarship.

Preview: New Scientist Magazine – August 20, 2022


In this week’s issue: How a strange system of eight-dimensional numbers could provide the mathematical framework to describe the entire universe.

  • CULTURE – Stray review: A game that lets you live your best cat life
  • FEATURES – Octonions: The strange maths that could unite the laws of nature
  • FEATURES – The secrets in our sewers helping protect us from infectious diseases

Public Transport: Inside Tokyo’s Electric ‘Red Bus’

An electric bus service has injected a new playfulness into a borough of Tokyo in need of a revamp. We hop aboard and meet Eiji Mitooka, its creator and Japan’s foremost train designer, who explains why he puts fun at the top of his list when designing public transport. All aboard!

Read more in the June issue of the magazine: […