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Content: Volume 6, Issue 1

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On where altruistic behaviour can be found in our brain

We, human beings, are made in a way as to understand each other through external features, such as voice tone, facial expression and body language. All this information together with the natural context allows us to quickly and intuitively interpret the behaviour of others, their... click to read more

  • Anatoly Kozlov | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Genetics & Evolution, Section of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
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Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 4, 2020
Microraptor and Indrasaurus: food for thought

Fossils are rare - fossils with traces of food even more so. However, only these can tell us something about an extinct species' diet. Knowledge of predator-prey relationships is necessary to better understand ancient ecosystems, like the 131-120 million-year-old Jehol Biota in northeastern China. Through... click to read more

  • Jingmai O’Connor | Professor at Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 31, 2020
Gut microbes transform the food and the drugs we ingest

Microbes in the human gut play essential roles in maintaining human health. Gut microbes carry out many of these roles using a large toolkit of enzymes that can metabolize and transform larger, complex compounds into smaller compounds. Microbial enzymes breakdown many compounds from the human... click to read more

  • Leah Guthrie | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, United States; Stanford University, Stanford, United States
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 30, 2020
The long wait and rapid rise of deep magma

Simple textbook models have suggested that single bulbous magma chambers feed volcanoes. However, geological studies have shown that volcanoes are underlain by a complex system of chambers and conduits going through the Earth's crust. The crust is the rigid outer layer of the Earth and... click to read more

  • Euan J. F. Mutch | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, U.K.; Department of Geology, University of Maryland, College Park, U.S.
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 29, 2020
Are girls too good at reading to study math?

Girls have better academic paths than boys, achieving better results at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. However, they are still significantly underrepresented in math-related fields. This situation is a concern since these fields of study lead to the highest-paid jobs in fast-growing sectors, which are... click to read more

  • Clotilde Napp | Professor at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université Paris-Dauphine, Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University, France
  • Thomas Breda | Associate Professor at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris School of Economics, Paris, France
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 28, 2020