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Our study shows that the brain and its resident immune cells can acquire an immunological memory enabling the cells to either enhance or suppress their immunological response to neurological diseases, which in turn modifies disease severity. This indicates that immune memory in the brain is a previously unrecognized risk-factor for brain diseases.
Gut bacteria orchestrate the transmission of overweight from mother to babeNov 14, 2018 | 3 min read by Anita L. Kozyrskyj
High performance silks deployed by web building wolf spidersNov 12, 2018 | 4 min read by Sean J. Blamires , Mariángeles Lacava , Luis F. García
New and Improved! A supercharged antibiotic to fight superbugsNov 9, 2018 | 4.5 min read by Mark A. T. Blaskovich
Poorly protected areas: human impacts are destroying nature’s safeguardsNov 7, 2018 | 4 min read by Kendall R. Jones , James E. M. Watson
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
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