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Content: Volume 7, Issue 1

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What makes us different - chance in brain development and its consequences for individuality

Why are we all different? This is one of the oldest and most contested scientific questions. Naturally, the brain is often the focus of these discussions, as it is the control center for our body and behavior. The debate of "nature vs nurture" tried to... click to read more

  • Gerit A. Linneweber | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Division of Neurobiology, Institute for Biology, Free University, Berlin, Germany
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Reading time 3 min
published on Jan 14, 2021
Sneaking Giants: how humpback whales avoid scattering their fish prey

Small prey animals are generally much slower than the predators attacking them, but have a distinct advantage that can help them escape: maneuverability. When a prey observes a predator approaching, the change in the predator's visual profile gives it a good idea of the size... click to read more

  • Nicholas Carey | Postdoctoral Researcher at Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University
  • Dave Cade | Postdoctoral Researcher at Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 13, 2021
More than meets the eye: the histones revealed as enzymes

If you traveled back in time to approximately two billion years ago, you would see an Earth completely devoid of animals and plants. Yet, at microscopic levels, life is on the brink of one of the greatest and unique developments in history. Two single celled... click to read more

  • Oscar A. Campos | Postdoctoral scholar at Department of Biological Chemistry at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Siavash K. Kurdistani | Professor at Department of Biological Chemistry at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
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Reading time 3 min
published on Jan 12, 2021
Genes coordinating selfishness and altruism between parents and offspring

Parental care is an altruistic behavior broadly observed in nature. Altruistic parents provide their offspring with food and protection. These are costly behavior for parents, that are beneficial for the offspring's development and survival. However, parents can also be selfish. Selfish parents are interested in... click to read more

  • Min Wu | Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 11, 2021
How small warm-blooded feathered flying dinosaurs came to be

Dinosaurs have fascinated society for ages, or at least since the first specimens were described by Sir Richard Owen in the 19th century. These extinct ‘terrible reptiles’ supported the evolving world proposed by Darwin, exemplified by the discovery of a fossil in Germany, only two... click to read more

  • Enrico L. Rezende | Associate Professor at Center of Applied Ecology and Sustainability (CAPES), Departamento de Ecología, Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 7, 2021