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Tuberculosis causes more deaths worldwide every year than any other infectious disease, except COVID-19. Today, its treatment is getting increasingly challenging due to the rise of antibiotic-resistant variants of disease-causing bacteria. We discovered an in-house toxin that blocks pathogenic bacterial growth, offering potential clues for future drug design.
Too hot to stay cool: dangerously accelerating glaciers’ melt in New ZealandFeb 24, 2021 | 3.5 min read by Jonathan L. Carrivick , Jenna L. Sutherland
Activating social tipping dynamics for a global decarbonization by 2050Feb 23, 2021 | 3 min read by Ilona M. Otto
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
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
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
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