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COVID-19 is raging across the world. Lacking available treatments, policymakers are looking for efficient public health measures that could turn the tide. The general use of face masks in public spaces is one proposed strategy that is, however, widely disputed. Here, we zoom in on the most recent study investigating the effect of surgical face masks in halting the spread of coronavirus particles.
Coronaviruses: Contagious Beasts and Where to Find ThemApr 3, 2020 | 4 min read by Anatoly Kozlov
Bronze Age food diversity: ceci n’est pas un bagelMar 30, 2020 | 4 min read by Andreas G. Heiss
Rapid increase of nuclear weapons in India and Pakistan may lead to local and global catastrophesMar 26, 2020 | 4 min read by Owen B. Toon , Alan Robock
Beware of humans and glacial maximums – the story of cave bear extinctionMar 25, 2020 | 3 min read by Verena J. Schuenemann , Joscha Gretzinger
English and Welsh hospital patients in the Lyme-lightMar 23, 2020 | 3.5 min read by John S. P. Tulloch
The 10,000-year evolution of pasta food revealed by its DNAOct 18, 2019 in Plant Biology | 3 min read by Caterina Marè , A. M. Mastrangelo , S. Walkowiak
High in the Pamir Mountains: Ancient Cannabis Smoking in Western ChinaNov 27, 2019 in Evolution & Behaviour | 4 min read by Robert N. Spengler III
The belligerence of breeding: female aggression after mating
Sexual behaviors often have a deep impact on social interactions. Here is how female fruit flies cope with it.Nov 1, 2017 | 4 min read
Where is the Engram?
We observe, we learn, we repeat. This is possible thanks to the capacity of our brains to store information - but how and where is memory stored within our brains?Dec 14, 2015 | 4 min read
Children Prefer the Real Thing to Pretending
Playing can be seen as the "gym" of life for children. Therefore we encourage them to pretend-play the real-life ahead of them. However, given the choice, wouldn't them jump head in into the real thing?Mar 1, 2018 | 3 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
Exercise helps restore aged muscles
With age, our muscles gradually lose their energy and strength. The decreased amount of proteins in mitochondria, the power plants of cells, seems to be responsible for that. However, exercise could help in bringing back the energy, restoring the protein content and function of mitochondria in muscle cells.Apr 20, 2018 | 3.5 min read
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