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Content: Volume 8, Issue 2

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Blocking protein folding to fight antibiotic resistance

Antibiotics are medicines that prevent and cure bacterial infections. They are essential for treating a wide variety of diseases and underpin much of modern healthcare, including cancer treatment, surgery, and organ transplants. Unfortunately, bacteria can develop the ability to survive antibiotic treatment. This is called antibiotic... click to read more

  • R. Christopher D. Furniss | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Science for Life Laboratory, Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Nikol Kaderabkova | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Molecular Biosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States
  • Despoina A.I. Mavridou | Assistant Professor at Department of Molecular Biosciences and John Ring LaMontagne Center for Infectious Diseases, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States
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Reading time 4 min
published on May 13, 2022
Magic Squares: A children’s puzzle meets quantum physics

Magic squares have fascinated people for centuries. A magic square is a grid of numbers such that every column and row sum up to the same number, called the “magic constant”. For example, a magic square can be seen on the façade of the Sagrada... click to read more

  • Gemma de las Cuevas | Professor at Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
  • Tom Drescher | Postdoctoral Researcher at Department of Mathematics, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
  • Tim Netzer | Professor at Department of Mathematics, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 9, 2022
Watching the death of a distant galaxy

A large fraction of the stars of the present-day Universe is enclosed in giant, round-shaped galaxies, called “ellipticals”. Elliptical galaxies host very old stars, formed more than 10 billion years ago when the universe was still young. Despite the large availability of gas (the fuel... click to read more

  • Annagrazia Puglisi | Post-doc Research Associate at Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy, Department of Physics, Durham University, Durham, UK
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Reading time 4 min
published on May 4, 2022
Genetics agrees: Africa is thriving in diversity

Since the Human Genome Project published the first sequence of the human DNA code in 2001, the field of human genetics has dramatically expanded. New studies have identified specific changes in the DNA code (or genetic variants) that are linked to why some people are... click to read more

  • Neil Hanchard | Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA
  • Ananyo Choudhury | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Zane Lombard | Senior Scientist at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 27, 2022
Postcards from the past: how a fossil tree can picture the Peruvian Andes ten million years ago

If you have had the opportunity to climb up to the top of a tall mountain, you have probably noticed that as you go up the trees become smaller and smaller, until they disappear from the landscape, and only small shrubs, grasses and herbs fill... click to read more

  • Camila Martínez | Professor at Universidad EAFIT, Biology Department, Medellín, Colombia
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Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 13, 2022