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Aging is a shared phenomenon amongst all organisms, and it’s well understood that stress hastens aging. However, the knowledge of how aging affects our capacity to deal with stress is less widespread. It turns out that our ability to deal with stress loses function in aging, and hyperactivating stress responses that usually decline during aging can extend lifespan.
Our ancestors in Africa ate roasted root vegetables 170 thousand years agoSep 15, 2020 | 3.5 min read by Lyn Wadley , Christine Sievers
Wake up microglia! How brain state regulates immune cellsSep 9, 2020 | 3 min read by Rianne Stowell
Coronaviruses: Contagious Beasts and Where to Find ThemApr 3, 2020 in Evolution & Behaviour | 4 min read by Anatoly Kozlov
The Face Mask Dilemma: to wear or not to wear, that is the questionApr 6, 2020 in Health & Physiology | 4 min read by Reinier Prosee
The evolution of the new coronavirus: what the past teaches us for a better futureApr 9, 2020 in Evolution & Behaviour | 3.5 min read by Akira Ohkubo
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
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
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
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
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