Welcome to Nature Volve issue #8
We are pleased to share issue #8 with you; sharing the ideas of both scientists and creatives, to achieve our common goal in connecting science, art and the public.
Sharing diverse topics from science to conservation and art, we specially emphasize the brain and mind in issue #8.
We begin the Science section by looking at the role of brain blood flow in neurodegenerative diseases like dementia, before going ‘out of this world’ with a story about the study of exoplanets. Splashing into a marine theme, we dive deep into the discovery of a rare salp to the north of Norway and in the Conservation section, understand the importance of conserving seagrass and isolated coral reefs.
We then look inwards, towards the state of the mind. Just as anxiety and depression cases have grown during the global crisis, we explore mental health and equality advocating crafts.
At a deeper scientific angle, we see the stunning artworks of a medical illustrator working alongside neurosurgeons within an institute. In the Art section you can check out a real mixture of original pieces; coastal-inspired yarn art, a sculpture that is technically alive, plus a therapeutic nature-connecting art programme. Artists have long found it challenging to navigate the art industry, particularly during these times. As a result, an expert tells us about challenges faced when ‘flying solo’ in today’s art industry and changing economic world.
Outside of work and projects, households have faced their own unique challenges during lockdowns. Keeping up exercise has been important for many. To conclude this issue, a writer shares their love of exercise, seeing it as both an art and a science. Perhaps the stories contributors have all shared here can help inspire us to connect to nature when we can, and to keep up our mental and physical self-care as lockdown restrictions continue for many across the world, before we anticipate a better year ahead with Covid-19 vaccines being continually rolled out.
Enjoy issue #8 and keep well!