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High mountains around the globe have long been thought to represent pristine ecosystems that have been reshaped by humans quite late in the earth's history. The recent discovery of a 47-31 thousand-year-old residential site at 3,500 m in the Ethiopian Highlands contradicts this view and highlights the early expansion of Middle Stone Age hunter-gatherers into the cold and glaciated mountains.
Building a community: Plants can choose their root’s neighboursMay 28, 2020 | 3.5 min read by Ayala Sela
Producing next-gen polymers out of antimicrobial-resistant superbugsMay 27, 2020 | 3.5 min read by Varsha Naidu , Karl Hassan , Ian Paulsen
Coronaviruses: Contagious Beasts and Where to Find ThemApr 3, 2020 in Evolution & Behaviour | 4 min read by Anatoly Kozlov
The Face Mask Dilemma: to wear or not to wear, that is the questionApr 6, 2020 in Health & Physiology | 4 min read by Reinier Prosee
The evolution of the new coronavirus: what the past teaches us for a better futureApr 9, 2020 in Evolution & Behaviour | 3.5 min read by Akira Ohkubo
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
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
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
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
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