Equatorial Guinea: President Obiang, “natural candidate” of the ruling party in 2023

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo during the Congress of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, in Bata, on November 22, 2021. STEEVE JORDAN / AFP The ruling party in Equatorial Guinea surprised by not choosing its 2023 presidential candidate at its congress, which was held from Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 November. This is a … Read more

Big data-derived tool facilitates closer monitoring of recovery from natural disasters

Journal Reference: Cristian Podesta, Natalie Coleman, Amir Esmalian, Faxi Yuan, Ali Mostafavi. Quantifying community resilience based on fluctuations in visits to points-of-interest derived from digital trace data. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 2021; 18 (177): 20210158 DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2021.0158 “Neighboring communities can be impacted very differently after a natural catastrophic event,” said Dr. Ali Mostafavi, … Read more

A natural CO2-sink thanks to symbiotic bacteria

Journal Reference: Wiebke Mohr, Nadine Lehnen, Soeren Ahmerkamp, Hannah K. Marchant, Jon S. Graf, Bernhard Tschitschko, Pelin Yilmaz, Sten Littmann, Harald Gruber-Vodicka, Nikolaus Leisch, Miriam Weber, Christian Lott, Carsten J. Schubert, Jana Milucka, Marcel M. M. Kuypers. Terrestrial-type nitrogen-fixing symbiosis between seagrass and a marine bacterium. Nature, 2021; DOI: 10.1038/s41586-021-04063-4 Lush life despite a lack … Read more

How a natural disaster can bring couples closer

Journal Reference: Hannah C. Williamson, Thomas N. Bradbury, Benjamin R. Karney. Experiencing a Natural Disaster Temporarily Boosts Relationship Satisfaction in Newlywed Couples. Psychological Science, 2021; 095679762110156 DOI: 10.1177/09567976211015677 The study, published this week in the journal Psychological Science, has implications for how best to help families as they navigate different types of stressors. The research … Read more