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As COVID-19 is raging worldwide, mathematical models tailored to the pandemic suggest the most effective interventions to contain the contagion. Physical distancing and lockdown, indispensable at an early stage, can be combined with testing and contact tracing, crucial to relieve lockdown measures safely and possibly end the epidemic faster.
When the girdle of social timing relaxes: Effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on human sleepJul 9, 2020 | 3.5 min read by Christine Blume , Marlene H. Schmidt
Capturing the past using DNA from Sacred Ibis MummiesJul 6, 2020 | 3.5 min read by Sally Wasef , David Lambert
Coronaviruses: Contagious Beasts and Where to Find ThemApr 3, 2020 in Evolution & Behaviour | 4 min read by Anatoly Kozlov
The Face Mask Dilemma: to wear or not to wear, that is the questionApr 6, 2020 in Health & Physiology | 4 min read by Reinier Prosee
The evolution of the new coronavirus: what the past teaches us for a better futureApr 9, 2020 in Evolution & Behaviour | 3.5 min read by Akira Ohkubo
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
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
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
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
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