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Stressful conditions do not always render reef corals white. We found that mild or brief exposure of corals to heat stress or to unfavourable nutrient conditions does not only cause the loss of the vital symbiont alga but also switches on an optical feedback loop that results in a dazzling display of coral colours. The enhanced pigmentation is thought to help the corals to recover.

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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
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
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
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