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Sensorimotor wandering: leading spontaneously early human development

The human body consists of numerous bones, joints, and muscles, making it difficult to control their movements in a coordinated manner. Nevertheless, we can effortlessly perform various actions and behaviors. Accumulated evidence from both human and animal studies suggests that these complex and coordinated motor... click to read more

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Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 2, 2023
Nature favors simplicity and symmetry in biological forms

Looking at nature we see symmetric arrangements in flower petals, simple spirals in snail shells, repeating branching patterns in fern leaves and lung structures, and regular arrangements of proteins in many biomolecules. But why are these symmetric and regular structures so common in biology? There... click to read more

  • Kamaludin Dingle | Professor at Gulf University for Science and Technology and The California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
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Reading time 4 min
published on May 26, 2023
Do our marine highways disrupt blue whale habitats?

After decades of whaling, the last sanctum for blue whales of the eastern South Pacific Ocean was found off the coast in Northern Chilean Patagonia (NCP). Here most of the population concentrates during  the summer and autumn seasons of the Earth’s southern hemisphere (also known... click to read more

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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 1, 2023
Spring: A Season Of New Beginnings And The End Of The Dinosaurs

The extinction of the dinosaurs from space rock is possibly the most famous of all mass extinctions. This ~12 km wide asteroid, about twice as tall as Kilimanjaro, impacted a reef off the coast of the Yucatán peninsula and caused tsunamis, earthquakes, and seiches. Molten... click to read more

Views 2156
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 24, 2023
Salmon evolve quickly as a response to intense harvesting of their prey

Climate change and human activities impact living creatures in complex ways. In response, organisms may acclimate to those challenges during their lifetime or adapt over several generations, through genetic changes. Organisms with characteristics matching best their new environment, such as size at reproduction, will spread... click to read more

  • Yann Czorlich | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Turku, Natural resources institute Finland, University of Helsinkí
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Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 20, 2023