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in Health & Physiology

Finding Zika’s Achilles heel

Even viruses have their weak spots. In this study, Zika's one might have been identified, allowing further steps in the battle against this compromising disease for newborn babies.

published on Feb 13, 2018 by Beata Kusmider | 3.5 min read
in Evolution & Behaviour
Did Homo naledi meet Homo sapiens in South Africa?

Wheather or not we are alone in the Universe, we probably haven't been alone on Earth for a long while. Homo naledi might have been more than a simple neighbor who shared our evolutive path.

Feb 8, 2018 | 4 min read
in Earth & Space
Global contamination of honey by insecticides

A worldwide survey has uncovered a widespread contamination of commercial honeys with neonicotinoids (agricultural insecticides). What does this mean for us and for the bees producing the honey?

Dec 18, 2017 | 3.5 min read
in Health & Physiology
A novel treatment for inherited blinding eye diseases

The innovative molecular technique known as CRISPR/Cas9 opens new landscapes for treating genetic disorders otherwise incurable.

Feb 1, 2018 | 3.5 min read

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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
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
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
GMOs are not a human invention: sweet potato is a naturally transgenic food crop

Genetically modified organisms can be the natural result of environmental interactions between plants and their surroundings.

Jul 6, 2015 | 3 min read
How humans gave acne to the grapevine

Evolution follows many routes. Here is how the acne-causing bacteria adapted and evolved on a particular host...grapevine!

Feb 28, 2015 | 3.5 min read

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