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Drought may have prompted the Vikings’ departure from Greenland

Norse settlers, led by Erik the Red, developed the Eastern Settlement on southern Greenland in 985 CE. The Norse farmers raised cattle and sheep on cleared pastureland for sustenance. The settlement became quite successful and its estimated population reached to about 2000 people.  Then suddenly, they... click to read more

  • Boyang Zhao | Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University
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Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 20, 2023
Tougher than expected: insulin’s surprising thermostability expands diabetes patients’ hope in tropical countries

Today, people increasingly eat fast food and adopt sedentary habits by sitting long in an office and taking less exercise. This "unhealthy" modern lifestyle has become a risk factor for common diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disorders, and diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic pathological condition characterized... click to read more

  • Sara Pannilunghi | PhD Student at Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Western Switzerland, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 26, 2021
Is 37.0 °C still a normal body temperature?

Many of us share the same reflex when feeling sick: we measure our body temperature. Indeed, our body raises its internal temperature in response to pathogen infections in order to fight them. The current benchmark for healthy humans, 37.0°C or 98.6°F, dates back to the... click to read more

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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 1, 2021