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Sophia La Banca

Sophia La Banca

Sophia La Banca is a freelance science journalist whose work covers various fields in biology. She received an M.Sc. in biochemistry at Universidade de São Paulo and a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience at Unifesp, both in Brazil.

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Shedding Light on the Cost of Light Pollution

Artificial light has a huge variety of harmful effects on ecosystems. Scientists are exploring ways to mitigate the damage.
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In Phytoremediation, Plants Extract Toxins from Soils

Researchers have a cheap, easy way for cleaning up oil spills: letting plants do the work. Why isn’t it used more often?