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Coronaviruses: Contagious Beasts and Where to Find Them

First and foremost: viruses do not appear out of nowhere. They exist in nature moving from one hosting animal to another. Still, we don't realize their presence until they cross our way. For example, the first time a coronavirus was discovered was back in the... click to read more

  • Anatoly Kozlov | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Genetics & Evolution, Section of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 2835
Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 3, 2020
Bronze Age food diversity: ceci n’est pas un bagel

The primary motivation of archaeology is to find out how people in the past lived their lives. Among all the different activities that people follow, eating and drinking are certainly among the most important ones: We just have to eat. This makes all activities involved... click to read more

  • Andreas G. Heiss | Senior Researcher at Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Austrian Archaeological Institute (ÖAI), Wien, Austria
Views 1987
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 30, 2020
Beware of humans and glacial maximums – the story of cave bear extinction

The cave bear is one of the dozens of species of large Pleistocene mammals that faced extinction during the last Ice Age. Until today, the reasons for their extinctions remain mysterious, especially since the cave bear Ursus spelaeus populated vast areas of Eurasia for more... click to read more

  • Verena J. Schuenemann | Assistant Professor at Institute for Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Joscha Gretzinger | PhD student at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany
Views 1910
Reading time 3 min
published on Mar 25, 2020
Viruses are spilling over from managed honey bees to wild bumble bees

If you are a concerned environmentalist, or even a food-lover (bees produce every three bites of food you eat), you might have considered becoming a beekeeper to help "save the bees". For most, "bees" conjure up an image of a striped yellow and black insect,... click to read more

  • Samantha A. Alger | Assistant Research Professor at Biology Department, University of Vermont, Marsh Life Sciences, Burlington, VT, USA
Views 2238
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 13, 2020
Herring gulls approach food more quickly when you’re not looking

Across the globe, humans are affecting wildlife in myriad ways. The needs and desires of humans and wild animals are often at odds with each other, and the wild animals usually come off worse. However, in some places, wildlife is making the most of human... click to read more

  • Madeleine Goumas | Research Technician at Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, UK
Views 2110
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 25, 2020