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Content: Volume 4, Issue 3

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The Star That Wouldn’t Die

Stars might seem eternal, but, like people, they are born, evolve and eventually die. A star will spend most of its life converting hydrogen into helium, a nuclear fusion process that produces energy which the star uses to hold itself up against its own gravity... click to read more

  • Iair Arcavi | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Physics Broida Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 14, 2018
Scented colors, colored scents

Plants hold extraordinary communication devices enabling them to interact with other species: the flowers. The dazzling palettes and the tantalizing floral scents function as complex signals that mediate the interactions among plants and other organisms, primarily with their animal pollinators. The language that plants use... click to read more

  • Aphrodite Kantsa | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at (i) Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Greece; (ii) Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Theodora Petanidou | Professor at Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Greece
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 9, 2018
The sudden sprints of evolution

As evolutionary scientists, we see a paradox when we compare short-term ("ecological") and long-term ("geological") observations of evolutionary rates. When we look at adaptation to contemporary changes in environment, rapid evolutionary responses seem to be the norm. However, when examining body evolution in the fossil... click to read more

  • Joshua G. Schraiber | Professor at Department of Biology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Aug 7, 2018
The Lego bricks of the brain

A supercomputer is made up of millions of repeating modules. Our recent study found that the brain is made up of repeating microcircuits. This intriguing similarity may explain how brains are built to efficiently handle diverse tasks, with "microcolumns" that act like the Lego bricks... click to read more

  • Toshihiko Hosoya | Laboratory Head at RIKEN Brain Science Institute and RIKEN Center for Brain Science, Japan
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Reading time 2.5 min
published on Aug 3, 2018
Discovery of high-order drug synergies – from impossible to dirt cheap

By combining two or more drugs together (synergistic drug approach) it is possible to obtain a greater effect than with an individual drug alone. For example, the treatment of many diseases, ranging from cancer to tuberculosis to chronic diseases, depends on the use of three... click to read more

  • Murat Cokol | Associate Professor at Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 2, 2018