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A stimulus never associated before with danger becomes frightening when elements of a past sensory memory become integrated into a new fear memory. But when does this integration occur? We show that this integration occurs ‘online’ as the fearful event is encountered.
Solving the Bermuda mystery: an island that tells a story of a new way to form volcanoesJan 15, 2020 | 4 min read by Sarah E. Mazza
Blood from a golden stone: dinosaur discoveries within amberJan 10, 2020 | 4 min read by W. Scott Persons , Philip J. Currie , Corwin Sullivan
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
A new paradigm for metabolic health: reduced intake of dietary branched-chain amino acids
The less you eat, the more weight you lose...is this always the case? New insights on the metabolism of branched-chain amino acids might shift this paradigm allowing more calories for a healthier diet.Feb 22, 2018 | 3 min read