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Anorexia nervosa is a deadly disorder marked by extremely low body weight, a fear of weight gain, and often an inability to appreciate the severity of the condition. Our results suggest that anorexia nervosa ought to be considered as a metabo-psychiatric condition prompted by both psychological and metabolic factors.
What our blood can tell us about the bugs in our gutFeb 26, 2020 | 3.5 min read by Noa Rappaport , Tomasz Wilmanski
Herring gulls approach food more quickly when you’re not lookingFeb 25, 2020 | 3.5 min read by Madeleine Goumas
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in East and West London public settingsFeb 21, 2020 | 3.5 min read by Rory Cave
The caterpillars who see through their skin to better blend inFeb 20, 2020 | 3.5 min read by Amy Eacock
Ancient water harvesting practices can help solve modern problemsFeb 14, 2020 | 4 min read by Boris F. Ochoa-Tocachi , Wouter Buytaert
The 10,000-year evolution of pasta food revealed by its DNAOct 18, 2019 in Plant Biology | 3 min read by Caterina Marè , A. M. Mastrangelo , S. Walkowiak
High in the Pamir Mountains: Ancient Cannabis Smoking in Western ChinaNov 27, 2019 in Evolution & Behaviour | 4 min read by Robert N. Spengler III
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
How do plants breathe?
Breathing air in and out is something that we, as humans, perform in every moment of our lives. Plants do likewise thanks to tiny mouths called stomata.Nov 22, 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
Fighting back antibiotic resistance: a new hope from the soil
Antibiotic resistance represents a critical threat for our health and disease treatment. New discoveries are crucial to develop further medicaments against future superbugs.Feb 24, 2016 | 4 min read