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We have taken a systems genetics look at sleep to peel back the many layers regulating sleep. Using this approach, we could connect specific DNA variations to sleep traits and track the layer-to-layer information flow. Peeling back the –omics onion of sleep is thus revealing a number of new insights that can now be followed up on.
Rare rains bring death to microbes of the Mars-Like Atacama DesertApr 12, 2019 | 4 min read by Armando Azua-Bustos
Our own choices generate biases for subsequent decisionsApr 8, 2019 | 4 min read by Bharath Chandra Talluri , Anne E. Urai , Tobias H. Donner
Poorly protected areas: human impacts are destroying nature’s safeguardsNov 7, 2018 in Earth & Space | 4 min read by Kendall R. Jones , James E. M. Watson
Attempts to Forget the Past Make It Harder to Remember the PresentApr 8, 2016 in Psychology | 4 min read by Justin C. Hulbert
GMOs are not a human invention: sweet potato is a naturally transgenic food cropJul 6, 2015 in Plant Biology | 3 min read by Tina Kyndt
The belligerence of breeding: female aggression after mating
Sexual behaviors often have a deep impact on social interactions. Here is how female fruit flies cope with it.Nov 1, 2017 | 4 min read
Where is the Engram?
We observe, we learn, we repeat. This is possible thanks to the capacity of our brains to store information - but how and where is memory stored within our brains?Dec 14, 2015 | 4 min read
Children Prefer the Real Thing to Pretending
Playing can be seen as the "gym" of life for children. Therefore we encourage them to pretend-play the real-life ahead of them. However, given the choice, wouldn't them jump head in into the real thing?Mar 1, 2018 | 3 min read
The climate's barrier to coastal hurricanes
The delicate role of climate in regulating how costal hurricanes may form and gain strength.Nov 8, 2017 | 4 min read
Exercise helps restore aged muscles
With age, our muscles gradually lose their energy and strength. The decreased amount of proteins in mitochondria, the power plants of cells, seems to be responsible for that. However, exercise could help in bringing back the energy, restoring the protein content and function of mitochondria in muscle cells.Apr 20, 2018 | 3.5 min read
Short bursts of exercise improve brain function
Mens sana in corpore sano - this old latin way of saying correlates physical health (corpore sano) with mental activity (mens sana). But how can we cope with these guidelines in our hectic ways of living? Well, 10 minutes a day might be all that you need.Jan 18, 2018 | 3 min read