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Win-waste: an alarming strategy

Globally about one-third of food produced for human consumption assumptively goes to waste. Food waste is a squandering of resources and money and this is why Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 aims to halve food waste by 2030. But the progress is hard to measure as... click to read more

  • Linda de Vreede | Researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Thom Achterbosch | Researcher at Wageningen University and Research, The Hague, The Netherlands
Views 2983
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 9, 2021
Shelling out for dinner: dolphins’ foraging technique spreads socially among peers

What have you learned from your friends or family? Many animals, including humans, learn behaviour from other individuals of the same species through a process called social learning. Offspring often rely on their parents to learn behaviour, as the parental generation is usually more experienced and... click to read more

  • Sonja Wild | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour, Radolfzell, Germany; Cluster for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
Views 3552
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 16, 2021
Reading South American history in the native Brazilian genomes

The distribution of the present-day native Brazilian peoples considerably differs from the one found by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century. At the time, a third of the Brazilian native population (about 900,000) lived on the Atlantic coast and were part of complex societies. Most... click to read more

  • Marcos A. Castro-Silva | PhD Student at Departamento de Genética e Biologia Evolutiva, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Tábita Hünemeier | Assistant Professor at Departamento de Genética e Biologia Evolutiva, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Views 4484
Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 12, 2021
The oldest beer in central Europe? Take it with a pinch of… malt!

Beer making is based on the conversion of starch into alcohol by saccharification and fermentation. While ethanol fermentation is usually carried out by single-celled yeasts, saccharification is one of the few processes in food production that requires the processed organism to, well... process itself. When a... click to read more

  • Andreas G. Heiss | Senior Researcher at Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Austrian Archaeological Institute (ÖAI), Wien, Austria
Views 3861
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 10, 2021
The mystery of an ancient reptile with a ridiculously long neck

The Middle Triassic period, between 247 and 237 million years ago, was the age just before the rise of the dinosaurs and a time of great evolutionary innovation. The largest mass extinction event of all time, known as 'The Great Dying', destroyed almost all species... click to read more

  • Stephan Spiekman | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Earth Sciences, Natural History Museum, London, UK
Views 4584
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 8, 2021