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Content: Volume 5, Issue 1

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Salmon are shrinking and you can see it in their genes

The environment in which we and other living beings reside has been quickly modified over the last decades due to climate change and the expansion of human activities. This can result in characteristics of individuals (for example, size at reproduction) that previously gave them the... click to read more

  • Yann Czorlich | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Turku, Natural resources institute Finland, University of Helsinkí
  • Craig Primmer | Academy Professor at Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme - Institute of Biotechnology - Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
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Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 4, 2019
The first interstellar immigrant of the solar system

Our solar system did not form in isolation from the rest of the Galaxy. It was part of a star cluster where each member has its own planets and asteroids. The close proximity of the cluster members favored strong gravitational interactions that pulled asteroids and... click to read more

  • Fathi Namouni | Researcher at Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, Université Côte d’Azur - Boulevard del’Observatoire, Nice Cedex 4, France
  • Helena Morais | Lecturer at Instituto de Geociências e Ciências Exatas, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Rio Claro, Brazil
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Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 1, 2019
Silencing a quantum drum

To a classical physicist, there is no fundamental limit to how well you can measure something. A classical object, for example, always exists in a well-defined position; if you want to know that position with better accuracy, you simply build a better microscope. The story... click to read more

  • David Mason | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Massimiliano Rossi | PhD student at Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Albert Schliesser | Professor at Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 27, 2019
How Spiders Catch the Air for Their Flight

Bacteria or sperm cells can swim using a hair-like structure. Other organisms use similar structures to fly, like dandelion and thistle seeds with their parachute hairs. But this mode of flying is not limited to plant seeds. One weird aviator is the spider. Using their... click to read more

  • Moonsung Cho | PhD Student at Institute of Biotechnology, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 25, 2019
BioBits™: Making Hands-on Biology Experiences Accessible for Everyone

Molecular biology is difficult to teach in schools, since the concepts can't be seen and are instead represented with abstract diagrams in textbooks. Some schools have introduced hands-on activities, such as growing cells that glow green, to illustrate these ideas in real life and facilitate... click to read more

  • Ally Huang | PhD student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Biological Engineering, USA
  • Jessica Stark | PhD student at Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University, USA
  • Peter Nguyen | Wyss Technology Fellow at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 22, 2019