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Content: Volume 6, Issue 4

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Beetles became an evolutionary success with help from stolen microbial genes

There are more than 400,000 known beetle species - and perhaps one million more species left to discover. This makes beetles one of the most diverse groups of animals on Earth. However, the causes for their extraordinary diversity are widely debated. Many claim that herbivory... click to read more

  • Duane D. McKenna | Professor at Department of Biological Sciences and Center for Biodiversity Research, University of Memphis, Tennessee, USA
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Reading time 3 min
published on Dec 2, 2020
What causes an Ice Age to end?

Earth's climate over most of the last million years was much colder than the present. Massive ice sheets repeatedly covered large parts of North America and Eurasia. Periodically, these ice sheets melt when average global temperatures climb sharply to levels of today. Scientists have long... click to read more

  • Russell Drysdale | Associate Professor at School of Geography, University of Melbourne, Australia
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 1, 2020
Why extreme lack of sleep can kill you

Most of us are familiar with the unpleasant changes to our mood, and our ability to think, even after a single sleepless night. An alarming fact is that up to 50% of adults worldwide are estimated to regularly skimp on sleep. Sleep ensures proper brain function,... click to read more

  • Yosef Kaplan Dor | Research Fellow at Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Alexandra Vaccaro | Research Associate at Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Dragana Rogulja | Principal Investigator at Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 30, 2020
Charting the immune landscape in brain cancers

Thanks to revolutionary advances in cancer research, several cancer types can today be treated and controlled over long periods, similar to other chronic diseases. Among the most recent developments are immunotherapies, which aim to activate the patients' immune system to fight cancer. While immunotherapies have... click to read more

  • Klara Soukup | Research Associate at Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Department of Oncology, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Johanna A. Joyce | Professor at Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Department of Oncology, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
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Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 27, 2020
World’s first microscale ‘transformer’ robot

The live-action Transformers film series features Autobots, mechanical, modular robotic lifeforms that could change their bodies into various alternative modes such as weapons, vehicles or machinery, and help save our planet from alien threats. Inspired by this fantasy, scientists and engineers have been developing technologies... click to read more

  • Tian-Yun Huang | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex Systems, Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, BIC-ESAT, College of Engineering, Peking University, 100871 Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
  • Huiling Duan | Chang Jiang Chair Professor at State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex Systems, Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, BIC-ESAT, College of Engineering, Peking University, 100871 Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
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Reading time 2 min
published on Nov 26, 2020