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Wel­come to Na­ture Volve is­sue #8

- Clarissa Wright Editor-in-Chief

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!

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