We have reached a milestone upon the publishing of the 10th number of THIS. And today is also a very special day – the 1st day of the year 2019! In THIS NO.10 Thisis will go through all the hot and important sciences in 2018 and update their current status.

We thank you for your support and wish you a happy new year!

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NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport (InSight) landed on Mars on November 26, 2018. The scientific instruments carried along with it allow us to investigate the interior structure and composition of Mars for the first time. Follow Thisis to have a look at what Insight is up to on Mars.

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Science in the Desert: Interview with Former Array Maintenance Manager at the World’s Largest Telescope ALMA – SCS Interview #2

Dr. David Rabanus worked as array maintenance manager for the world's largest telescope, ALMA, in the Atacama desert in Chile. ALMA observes parts of the night sky that regular telescopes can not access and since its opening astronomy has been enriched with new discoveries. Read here about how it is to work at an observatory 5000 meters above sea level.

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Hurricane Florence arrived on the Carolina coast in September 14th. The once-fierce hurricane has caused at least 47 deaths and billions of agriculture losses. Meanwhile in southeastern Asia Typhoon Mangkhut, the planet’s most intense storm this year, has caused at least 102 fatalities in the Philippines, mainland China and Taiwan.  In THIS No. 7 let’s follow Thisis to discover the formation of these “tropical cyclones”, how we predict and track them and how they might develop in a warmer world. 

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In THIS No. 6 Thisis is going to reveal what the artistic designer- Pei Yu Lin has been doing in her Masters. As an information design major Pei Yu co-organized the annual conference – Visualizing Knowledge 2018. In THIS NO.6 let’s follow Thisis to explore what information design is and how it shapes our everyday life. 

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In THIS No. 5 Thisis is going to reveal what he scientific content editor has been doing in her Ph.D. After nearly 5 years of hard work she will move on to the next stage of her scientific career as a post-doctoral researcher this autumn. Let’s follow Thisis to explore how Yongmei uses numerical models to study the movements of glaciers and their fate in the future.

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Machine learning technology with less human supervision had been pushed to the spotlight after Google's AlphaGo Zero outplayed both top human players and other AI programs in the board game Go. This year IBM surprised us with another smart machine.

Monday, June 18th 2018, IBM unveiled its Project Debater - the first AI system that can debate humans on complex topics. The technique used  in developing Project Debater includes numerous cutting-edge machine learning and data mining algorithms. Let’s follow Thisis to have a look at some of the basics about machine learning and Project Debater.

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Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) technology has been used
in genome editing for more than a decade. New applications are discovered all the time. In THIS
NO.3 Thisis is going to talk you through how CRISPR can make treatments for the widest
possible range of human diseases through cheaper and more precise gene editing possible.

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Life as a full-time science communicator

Science communication is a broad term, which historically has been used mostly for researchers, who are active in outreach. Over the past years it has expanded to include not only traditional scientists, but also communication experts with a background in science. I am one of those and you can read my story and my view on #scicomm on TSB's science blog.

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One of the most influential physicists of the twentieth century, Prof. Stephen Hawking, has passed away peacefully at his home in Cambridge home in March 14th, 2018. He is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author, and director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge as well as a great science communicator. He is the author of the international bestseller popular science book The Brief History of Time and has appeared in many movies and TV series, including The Big Bang Theory. In THIS NO.2 we invite you to review three of Prof. Hawking's great contributions to science: The property of the black hole, The quantum origin of the universe and Time traveling with Thisis. Enjoy!

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Let’s Talk About Heat Shock Proteins (While Waiting for the Summer)

Do you sometimes wonder why scientists bother to study the development of fruit flies? Or why they care about how the cave fish has lost its eyes? Unfortunately, the relevance of research is not always apparent from the beginning. Sometimes it needs years, or even decades to understand the significance of certain findings! Here I want to tell the story of heat shock proteins - one out of many examples of how a study initially dismissed as irrelevant turned out to be a groundbreaking finding.

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The idea of 'The Hot Important Science (THIS)' comic strips was born in March 2018, Helsinki, Finland during an intensive brain storming session between a researcher and a designing student. THIS's mission is to bring you topically scientific stories, discoveries etc. every month in an easy-to-read format. We do not want to tell you that we spent a whole month on creating the first post because we want you to be objective about THIS. But we do hope you enjoy reading them! Thank you and see you the next month!

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