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Content: Volume 6, Issue 3

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The secrets hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet

The Antarctic ice sheet has been losing ice at an increasing rate. It remains unclear whether this mass loss will further accelerate over the coming decades. The continent of Antarctica is vast, bigger than the US and Mexico combined, and because it is so cold... click to read more

  • Mathieu Morlighem | Associate Professor at Department of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 17, 2020
Our ancestors in Africa ate roasted root vegetables 170 thousand years ago

Almost everyone enjoys roasted root vegetables, and our ancestors were no exception. An archaeological team excavated the remains of starchy rhizomes cooked 170,000 years ago in the Border Cave, South Africa. In total, 55 whole charred rhizomes were recovered from the same species - Hypoxis... click to read more

  • Lyn Wadley | Honorary Professor at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Christine Sievers | Senior Lecturer at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 15, 2020
DNA of Things: how a plastic bunny got DNA

Can you imagine storing files inside your everyday objects? This may sound like science fiction, but in our work, we give a glimpse of a future where all products contain their production plans and user manuals inside preventing the loss of information for thousands of... click to read more

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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 14, 2020
Our Unfolding Happiness

Questions about happiness are a tricky subject. As Daniel Gilbert points out in his book Stumbling on happiness, "Few of us can accurately gauge how we will feel tomorrow or next week. That's why when you go to the supermarket on an empty stomach, you'll... click to read more

  • Thomas Hills | Professor at University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
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Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 11, 2020
Wake up microglia! How brain state regulates immune cells

Historically, neuroscience focused on neurons, the functional cellular units of communication in the brain. However, exciting recent advances in microscopy have revealed the importance of many other cell types in essential brain functions. Amongst these supporting players in the brain are microglia, the immune cells... click to read more

  • Rianne Stowell | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Rochester Medical Center, New York, USA
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Reading time 3 min
published on Sep 9, 2020