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Content: Volume 5, Issue 4

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How behavior can transcend generations

The brain is a specialized organ that interprets information about the surroundings and translates it into behavior, allowing animals to cope with their dynamic environments. Ever since antiquity, thinkers (and helpless parents) have suggested that the activity of one's brain could somehow impact the fate... click to read more

  • Itai Antoine Toker | PhD student at Department of Neurobiology, Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Views 204
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 10, 2019
Ancient human DNA from a 10000 years old "chewing gum"

In recent decades ancient DNA has been continuously used as a part of the tool-kit for studying human history and evolution. Ancient human DNA is found in both organic and inorganic material, for example, bones, teeth, mummified materials, coprolites, soil, etc. Bones and teeth harbor the... click to read more

  • Natalija Kashuba | PhD student at Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology, Uppsala University, Sweden
Views 341
Reading time 3 min
published on Dec 3, 2019
Gone but not forgotten – plant extinction in modern times

What do you think of when you hear the word 'extinction'? Chances are you think of dinosaurs or dodos. You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who thinks of plants. This contrast reflects that, until recently, we lacked a global overview of ongoing plant extinction. Extinction occurs... click to read more

  • A.M. Humphreys | Assistant Professor at Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
  • R. Govaerts | Senior Content Editor at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK
  • E. Nic Lughadha | Senior Research Leader at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK
  • M.S. Vorontsova | Research Leader at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK
Views 385
Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 29, 2019
High in the Pamir Mountains: Ancient Cannabis Smoking in Western China

Cannabis is one of the most contentious and widely used drug plants in the world today. However, its history of use and the role that it played among peoples in the past is poorly understood. Historians and archaeologists have debated about ancient drug use for... click to read more

  • Robert N. Spengler III | Laboratory Director at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Department of Archaeology, Jena, Germany
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Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 27, 2019
Silver-screen or starving? Predicting success in showbiz

In 1905 Albert Einstein had his "annus mirabilis", giving him an unassailable status as a genius in modern culture. Was this year a miraculous coincidence, or on the other hand could this have been predicted? Recent research suggests that perhaps unexpectedly, the answer is no.... click to read more

  • Oliver E. Williams | PhD student at School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
  • Lucas Lacasa | Reader at School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
Views 309
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 25, 2019