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Content: Volume 7, Issue 4

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How does the brain orchestrate survival?

We can think of the way the brain processes information as an orchestral ensemble. In the brain, information is mainly processed by a specialized type of brain cell called neurons, like individual instruments in the orchestra. Neurons use electrical signals to transmit information. These signals... click to read more

  • Shengjin Xu | Principal Investigator at Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China
  • Hui Yang | PhD graduate at Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, USA
  • Scott M. Sternson | Professor at Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 16, 2021
Snake uses its split jaws as a knife and fork

Many animals use their limbs to handle their food and obtain edible pieces from it. To take a relatable example, we humans peel fruits, fillet fish, and break crabs with our hands and tools. In contrast, most animals that lack limbs (like snakes) would be... click to read more

  • Yosuke Kojima | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Japan
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Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 10, 2021
Aedes aegypti: Rise of a super-vector

There are approximately 3,500 known mosquito species out there, but contrary to common belief, the ability to transmit viruses to humans is the privilege of only a few of them. Among this very private club, Aedes aegypti, also known as the yellow fever mosquito, is... click to read more

  • Fabien Aubry | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Insect-Virus Interactions Unit, Institut Pasteur, CNRS, Paris, France
  • Louis Lambrechts | Research Director at Insect-Virus Interactions Unit, Institut Pasteur, CNRS, Paris, France
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 2, 2021
Flowering plants outcompeted conifers

As evolutionary biologists, one of our major objectives is to understand how competition for resources regulates the appearance and extinction of species and can lead to the increase or decline of entire groups of species. This is particularly difficult to study because each group has... click to read more

  • Fabien L. Condamine | CNRS research scientist at CNRS, Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier, Montpellier, France
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published on Nov 26, 2021
Our Galaxy is shooting out bullets of cold gas

The central regions of disk galaxies are large-scale powerhouses. Galactic nuclei usually host super-massive black holes that release huge amounts of energy when matter spirals around them and eventually falls onto them. Many galaxies also show strong star formation activity in their inner regions, with... click to read more

  • Enrico Di Teodoro | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
  • Lucia Armillotta | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 23, 2021