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Content: Volume 7, Issue 2

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How wombats poop cubes

A great mystery of the natural world has been how wombats make cubic faeces from their round anus. Wombats are the only species known to make these box-shaped poops which scientists believe they strategically place to communicate with each other. The cubic shape helps the... click to read more

  • Zoé Valbret | PhD Student at University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 21, 2021
How the ancient ‘hell ant’ got its bizarre horn

Imagine our planet about 145-66 million years ago during the ancient Cretaceous period. Dinosaurs may perhaps come first into your mind as the most iconic ancient animal. But of course, many other organisms lived together as parts of the ancient ecosystem, including ants. Many ancient ants... click to read more

  • Christine E. Sosiak | PhD Student at Department of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA
  • Phillip Barden | Assistant Professor at Department of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Views 150
Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 20, 2021
Overcoming this is going to be difficult: Suicide risk, stigma, and chronic fatigue syndrome

Suicide claims over 800,000 lives per year. Each suicide leaves behind an average of 6 suicide survivors, who often ponder what could have been done to prevent such a tragedy. Many times, conversations about preventing suicide revolve around treating people's mental health. Indeed, while conditions... click to read more

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Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 19, 2021
Forced to react: 3D printing can stretch a single cell

A cell is a tiny compartment, the most fundamental architectural unit of life. Like in the context of a whole body, every cell is highly interactive with its surroundings. As a result, cells gather and form functional communities such as tissues and organs. In those communities,... click to read more

  • Marc Hippler | PhD Student at Zoological Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Kai Weißenbruch | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Zoological Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany; Institute of Functional Interfaces, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Martin Bastmeyer | Professor at Zoological Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany; Institute of Applied Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 16, 2021
Recovering data you have never seen

What do you do when some of your data is missing? Imagine taking pictures with a camera and discovering some of the pixels are missing on all of the pictures. In this case, you can probably guess what the missing pixels should be using the... click to read more

  • Rik Voorhaar | PhD Student at Univeristy of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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Reading time 4.5 min
published on Apr 15, 2021