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Content: Volume 5, Issue 1

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Creating the world’s fastest rotating object

Fighter jet aircrafts need to be fast. It therefore appears intuitive to make their turbines spin at the highest rotation rates possible. Following this approach, one will encounter an unpleasant surprise. At rotation rates around 1000 revolutions per second, the turbine blades start to disintegrate,... click to read more

  • Rene Reimann | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Photonics Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 21, 2019
Fish and ships

Three billion people depend on seafood as their primary protein, with hundreds of millions directly employed in fisheries worldwide. Research by the Sea Around Us, building on national data submitted to the United Nations but correcting for small-scale fisheries, discarded catches, recreational fishing, and under-... click to read more

  • David Tickler | PhD student at School of Biological Sciences & UWA Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia
  • Jessica Meeuwig | Professor at School of Biological Sciences & UWA Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 18, 2019
Finding Dracula’s silver bullet: the fight against a bloodthirsty fungus

That's correct, the darkness loving, light fearing, blood sucking prince of darkness, Count Dracula was a fungus. In our recent research, we describe that just like Dracula, the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus "wants your blood". The parallels are uncanny, both prefer dark places (Dracula: a coffin,... click to read more

  • Joe Hsu | Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 16, 2019
Keeping CRISPR under control: how bacteria fight viruses without harming themselves

Bacteria are in a constant struggle with the viruses that infect them. While we often think of bacteria as agents of infection, bacteria are in turn infected by viruses, called phage. The phage that infect bacteria and archaea are the most abundant class of organism... click to read more

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published on Jan 14, 2019
Virus infection: may the (binding) force be with you?

Virus-related infections are diseases we have all experienced. From the common flu or cold to hepatitis, mononucleosis, and AIDS, viruses are the lead cause of numerous illnesses. Even though trillions of virus particles peacefully occupy our inner body, some others are real troublemakers. But why... click to read more

  • Martin Delguste | PhD student at Louvain Institute of Bimolecular Science and Technology, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium
  • David Alsteens | Professor at Louvain Institute of Bimolecular Science and Technology, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 11, 2019