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100 million years ago – in the age of the dinosaurs, prehistoric microbes had been trapped in the subseafloor sediment. When they were brought back to the lab, they were found to still be alive. Why were they not fossilized? How were they revived? This work reveals the mystery of how microbial life in deep and starved subseafloor sediment has survived with much more left to be uncovered.
How to counteract age when the nervous system is damagedMay 11, 2021 | 4.5 min read by Nathan J. Michaels , Jason R. Plemel
How our brain temporally organizes our memories of past eventsMay 7, 2021 | 3.5 min read by Elena Delfino
‘Rivers in the sky’ carrying warm air destroy precious Antarctic sea iceMay 6, 2021 | 3 min read by Diana Francis
A Nobel Prize technique in the fight against cancerMay 5, 2021 | 3 min read by Sofia Spataro
When the girdle of social timing relaxes: Effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on human sleepJul 9, 2020 in Psychology | 3.5 min read by Christine Blume , Marlene H. Schmidt
High performance silks deployed by web building wolf spiders
Wolf spiders that build webs produce silks that perform differently than those that do not build webs, supporting hypotheses that web building and silk performance co-evolved in spiders.Nov 12, 2018 | 4 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
What were the ice age ‘stilt-legged’ horses of North America?
Were these extinct animals related to horses, donkeys, or zebras, or were they something else entirely? Using ancient DNA, we have finally solved this mystery.Nov 2, 2018 | 3.5 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