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Ancient inhabitants worldwide have coped with seasonal rains, and flashy river flows by ‘sowing water’ during rainy seasons and ‘harvesting’ it during dry periods. We found that upscaling such a system developed by pre-Inca cultures in Peru can contribute to solving the ongoing water stress of arid coastal cities.
Humans are affecting the evolution of animals and plantsFeb 13, 2020 | 3 min read by Carine Emer
A connected ocean: drifting fish larvae bind nations' marine territoriesFeb 12, 2020 | 3.5 min read by Nandini Ramesh , Kimberly L. Oremus , James A. Rising
How machine intelligence helps in translating the neural codeFeb 11, 2020 | 4 min read by Carlos Ponce
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