The Focus on an End to Malaria Worldwide

On 25th April each year, World Malaria Day is a reminder of malaria and its devastating effects on the human population. This year, the World Health Organization is calling for a celebration of those countries that have managed to successfully eradicate the disease, or that are close to doing so. These nations inspire those a […]

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Earth Day 2021—Redefining the Anthropocene

Modern humans (Homo sapiens) evolved 200,000 years ago, which represents just 1% of Earth’s history. During our short time on this planet, humans have had a detrimental impact on the Earth’s health, especially within the last 100 years—this is the Anthropocene. Whilst not an official geological epoch, the Anthropocene is defined by human activity, which […]

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International Day of Human Space Flight—Behind Every Giant Leap There are a Thousand Small Steps

On April 12th 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel to outer space. Sixty years later the final frontier seems closer than it ever has, in fact there are seven people in space right now. It seems a small number, given the progress that we have made as a species since Gagarin […]

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25 Things You Didn’t Know About MDPI

MDPI has now been publishing the work of academics for twenty-five years, and its open access operations are helping to evolve the nature of research. There are many things, however, that may surprise you about the publisher. 1. MDPI wasn’t always a publisher Twenty-five years ago, in 1996, MDPI began as a not-for-profit organisation, creating […]

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World Autism Awareness Day

Friday 2nd April marks World Autism Awareness Day. Approximately 1% of people are autistic, meaning that they see the world a little differently. While autistic individuals may struggle with tasks involving communication, are oversensitive to external sensory stimuli, and often find sudden changes are difficult to comprehend and hence anxiety inducing. World Autism Awareness Day […]

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