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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 298
Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 20, 2021
Microbial life on our tongue

Stick out your tongue! That's one of the first things you hear when you visit a doctor. The tongue has been used as an indicator of health or disease for thousands of years: from ancient Egypt and Chinese traditional medicine to today's modern medical practice... click to read more

  • Gary G. Borisy | Senior Investigator at The Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, USA
  • Jessica L. Mark Welch | Associate Scientist at The Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA
Views 895
Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 12, 2021
Extending the genomic record of human diversity

The genetic material of any two humans is 99.9% identical, but the small differences that do exist between our genomes provide a record of the complex evolutionary history we have undergone as a species. Over the past decade, scientists have sequenced a large number of... click to read more

  • Anders Bergström | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK; The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
Views 461
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 25, 2021
The stars that time forgot remember the youth of our Milky Way

How did galaxies, like our own Milky Way, arise from the featureless universe after the Big Bang? Through a lot of astronomical detective work, we now know that galaxies expand through consuming smaller systems, tearing them apart through their gravitational forces and assimilating their stars.... click to read more

  • Geraint F. Lewis | Professor at Sydney Institute for Astronomy, School of Physics, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Views 548
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 12, 2021
Our blood may be making us smarter

There is nothing subtle about the immune system. T cells, potent immune cells found in the blood, can kill just about anything. In response to a viral infection, T cells move in, kill any of your cells that have a virus inside them, coordinate a... click to read more

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Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 1, 2021