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in Evolution & Behaviour

Connecting Asia to the human dispersal story

An old map, a lost cave and a missing 20,000 years. An adventurous on-field quest reveals crucial insights about early human migrations.

published on Mar 22, 2018 by Kira Westaway | 4 min read
in Earth & Space
For polar bears the cost of living is rising

A thorough field study performed in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, shows that polar bears are experiencing increased difficulty in keeping pace with global warming.

Mar 13, 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 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
How do plants breathe?
Nov 22, 2017 | 4 min read

Survival of the friendliest
Dec 13, 2017 | 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
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
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

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