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We re-engineered the adhesive used by mussels to stick to surfaces like ship hull, rocks, and piers to create a powder that can kill pathogens. When hydrated, the powder generates a common disinfectant, hydrogen peroxide, and effectively kills two types of bacteria and two types of viruses.
Early humans inhabited North Africa earlier than thoughtMay 22, 2019 | 3.5 min read by Mohamed Sahnouni
Compressed air energy storage: a technology that (porous) rocks!May 16, 2019 | 3.5 min read by Julien Mouli-Castillo
Gaseous heavy metals in the atmosphere of an ultra-hot exoplanetMay 14, 2019 | 4 min read by Jens Hoeijmakers
Poorly protected areas: human impacts are destroying nature’s safeguardsNov 7, 2018 in Earth & Space | 4 min read by Kendall R. Jones , James E. M. Watson
Attempts to Forget the Past Make It Harder to Remember the PresentApr 8, 2016 in Psychology | 4 min read by Justin C. Hulbert
GMOs are not a human invention: sweet potato is a naturally transgenic food cropJul 6, 2015 in Plant Biology | 3 min read by Tina Kyndt
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
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
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