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A Weekend Camping is Just What the Doctor Ordered

The invention of electrical lighting has permitted work and social activities to continue beyond sunlight, however it has also caused an unnatural desynchrony between human's biology and the environment. The body's internal timekeeping system (also called circadian clock) is designed to predict environmental time in... click to read more

  • Hannah Kent Ritchie | PhD student at Integrative Physiology Department, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder CO, USA
  • Ellen R. Stothard | PhD student at Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder CO, USA
  • Kenneth P. Wright | Professor at Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
Views 798
Reading time 4 min
published on Jun 21, 2017
Lab-life: the afternoon siesta of the fruit fly

"The early bird catches the worm" it's a simple enough idiom that we've all heard. But to a circadian biologist - a scientist studying 24 hour rhythms - that idiom leads to all manner of further questions: how does the bird know when to get... click to read more

  • Edward Green | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship, German Cancer Research Center, Germany
Views 629
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 13, 2016
Attractive in the dark — how petunias may help to feed humanity

Many plants, including staple crops, need insects to reproduce. Changing climate and human interference threaten the sensitive relationships between plants and their pollinators. Many aspects of these relationships are not well understood. However, this knowledge may be crucial to sustain and increase crop production to... click to read more

  • Graham Robinson | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Botany and Plant Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
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Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 27, 2016