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100 million years ago – in the age of the dinosaurs, prehistoric microbes had been trapped in the subseafloor sediment. When they were brought back to the lab, they were found to still be alive. Why were they not fossilized? How were they revived? This work reveals the mystery of how microbial life in deep and starved subseafloor sediment has survived with much more left to be uncovered.

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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.

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The lifetime of memories

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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.

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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
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