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A cell is highly interactive and constantly exchanges ‘physical’ information with its surroundings. By combining a special 3D printing technique with smart materials, we developed micrometer-sized scaffolds to stretch single cells. This new approach helps us to better understand how individual cells sense and respond to external mechanical stimuli.
Let’s live together: sharing with others may help us live longerApr 14, 2021 | 3 min read by Tobias Vogt , Fanny Kluge
Financial distress: Links to ADHD and suicide riskApr 13, 2021 | 3.5 min read by Shaadee Samimy , Theodore P. Beauchaine
When the girdle of social timing relaxes: Effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on human sleepJul 9, 2020 in Psychology | 3.5 min read by Christine Blume , Marlene H. Schmidt
Fighting back antibiotic resistance: a new hope from the soil
Antibiotic resistance represents a critical threat for our health and disease treatment. New discoveries are crucial to develop further medicaments against future superbugs.Feb 24, 2016 | 4 min read
High performance silks deployed by web building wolf spiders
Wolf spiders that build webs produce silks that perform differently than those that do not build webs, supporting hypotheses that web building and silk performance co-evolved in spiders.Nov 12, 2018 | 4 min read
What were the ice age ‘stilt-legged’ horses of North America?
Were these extinct animals related to horses, donkeys, or zebras, or were they something else entirely? Using ancient DNA, we have finally solved this mystery.Nov 2, 2018 | 3.5 min read
How do plants breathe?
Breathing air in and out is something that we, as humans, perform in every moment of our lives. Plants do likewise thanks to tiny mouths called stomata.Nov 22, 2017 | 4 min read