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Content: Volume 6, Issue 2

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Lake mud reveals the fate of an ancient Maya city

The mud that accumulates at the bottom of lakes contains a rich archive of past environments, in part because it preserves much of what is buried with it. It preserves pollen grains that tell us what plants were growing in the watershed. It also preserves... click to read more

  • David Wahl | Research Geographer; Associate Adjunct Professor at U.S. Geological Survey; UC Berkeley, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 4, 2020
How calluses boost barefoot walking

For most of our species existence, we humans wandered the earth barefoot, walking over a vast diversity of daunting and often dangerous terrains with no shoes to protect our feet. Instead, we relied in part on a natural line of defense: calluses that form in... click to read more

  • Nicholas B. Holowka | Assistant Professor at Department of Anthropology, University at Buffalo, USA; Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
  • Bert Wynands | PhD student at Human Movement Science and Health Technische Universität Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
  • Daniel E. Lieberman | Professor at Department of Human Evolutionary Biology Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Views 7032
Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 27, 2020
Did the Justinianic Plague kill millions of people in antiquity?

The Justinianic Plague (circa 541 to 750 CE), also known as the first plague pandemic, has recently featured prominently in scholarly and popular discussions. The existing consensus attributes to the Justinianic Plague millions of deaths. The pandemic's first outbreak in the Mediterranean (circa 541-544) is... click to read more

  • Lee Mordechai | Senior Lecturer at Department of History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel
Views 5517
Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 17, 2020
The evolution of the new coronavirus: what the past teaches us for a better future

As we are writing, the world is facing the global crisis of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Since the beginning of the outbreak, scientists have been struggling with establishing standards to overcome this challenging situation. Unlike for the common cold or the seasonal flu, treatments,... click to read more

  • Akira Ohkubo | PhD student at Department of Cell Biology, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 6313
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 9, 2020
The Face Mask Dilemma: to wear or not to wear, that is the question

The world has come to a standstill as COVID-19 hits us like a wave. A wave that has been steadily growing ever since the first case was reported in Wuhan, China, at the end of last year. Since there are currently no efficient treatment options... click to read more

  • Reinier Prosee | PhD student at Department of Molecular Biology, Section of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
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Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 6, 2020