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Content: Volume 7, Issue 2

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A surprisingly geologically active Venus – evidence for recent volcanic and tectonic activity

Our neighboring planet Venus is often called Earth's "twin" due to similarities in size, mass, and chemical makeup, but it's also considered to be an unusual planet that scientists are still trying to understand. Whereas Earth's environment can host life, that of Venus is typically... click to read more

  • Anna J. P. Gülcher | PhD Student at Department of Earth Sciences, Institute of Geophysics, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
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Reading time 4.5 min
published on Jun 17, 2021
Strip it out and build it back! Engineering a morphogen gradient

Imagine finding yourself in a thick crowd of people and having to figure out your whereabouts. Before the advent of smartphones, you used to have two main options: asking someone, or inspecting your surroundings in hopes of recognizing any landmarks. The smell of fresh bread... click to read more

  • Luca Cocconi | PhD Student at The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK; Imperial College, London, UK
  • Marc de Gennes | PhD Student at The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
  • Guillaume Salbreux | Professor at The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK; University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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published on Jun 16, 2021
Homing pigeons find their way home by smelling the air

Many animals use chemical signals for defense, foraging and mating. However, little is known about the perception of smell by birds. A long-standing question – which we addressed in a new study – is how homing pigeons (or messenger pigeons) can 'smell' their way home... click to read more

  • Nora Zannoni | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 15, 2021
From days to hours: detecting SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) requires no introduction. Since late December 2019, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has infected close to 40 million and claimed over a million lives. Like in any other infection, the body mounts an immune response against SARS-CoV-2. One type of... click to read more

  • Charles Kevin Tiu | MD-PhD Student at Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
  • Vivian Chih-Wei Chen | MD-PhD Student at Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
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published on Jun 14, 2021
Is the Sun a Sun-like star?

Is the Sun a Sun-like star? Asking this oxymoronic question might sound strange to most people, but not to astronomers. Comparing the Sun with other stars is a common technique to better understand the Sun and its behavior. Of particular interest here are stars very... click to read more

  • Timo Reinhold | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen, Germany
  • Alexander I. Shapiro | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen, Germany
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Reading time 4.5 min
published on Jun 11, 2021