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Content: Volume 5, Issue 4

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The 10,000-year evolution of pasta food revealed by its DNA

Durum wheat is one of the most important food crops for human consumption in the world, and it is used mainly for pasta production. The origin of this crop dates back to the Neolithic, about 10,000 years ago, in the Fertile Crescent, the cradle of... click to read more

  • Caterina Marè | Role Researcher at CREA-Research Centre for  Genomics  and  Bioinformatics,  Fiorenzuola  d’Arda, Italy
  • A. M. Mastrangelo | Research Officer at CREA-Research  Centre  for  Cereal  and  Industrial  Crops,  Foggia and CREA-Research Centre for Cereal and Industrial Crops, Bergamo, Italy
  • S. Walkowiak | Research Officer at Crop Development Centre and Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Views 95
Reading time 3 min
published on Oct 18, 2019
Sharks, Seals, and the Balance of Power at Sea

Imagine, like a young Darwin on the Beagle, you took an ocean voyage to observe the natural history of the world. If you were to survey the great predators of the sea, you might notice a curious pattern: near tropical shorelines, "cold-blooded" sharks and bony... click to read more

  • John Grady | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and Department of Forestry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 16, 2019
Visualizing the effects of sleep on neurons’ maintenance

Why do we spend a third time of our lives sleeping? Why do all animals with a nervous system sleep? And how can we define sleep in all species? From jellyfish to mice to humans, all animals sleep despite the risk of predation and survival.... click to read more

  • David Zada | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Faculty of Life Sciences and The Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel
  • Lior Appelbaum | Professor at The Faculty of Life Sciences and The Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel
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Reading time 3 min
published on Oct 11, 2019
Sea otters make a splash

Picture yourself at the seaside, at Monterey Bay in California. The sun is bright. There's a fresh breeze; the water is smooth and blue... Wait - what's that hammering noise down by the rocks? A sea otter in the water holds a mussel between its... click to read more

  • Natalie Uomini | Senior Scientist at Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 10, 2019
The turbulent brain

The human brain supports a rich repertoire of complex dynamics. This wide diversity of activity patterns underpins all our thoughts and behaviors. We also need some degree of flexibility so that our brains do not get stuck in one pattern for too long, but rather... click to read more

  • James Roberts | Group Leader at Brain Modelling Group, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia
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Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 9, 2019