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Content: Volume 6, Issue 2

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Living the high life: the early arrival of hunter-gatherers in the glaciated Ethiopian Highlands

Eastern Africa is known for a vast number of famous archaeological and paleoanthropological findings. Among those, the discovery of the 3.2 million-year-old skeleton "Lucy" in the Afar region. Excavations of fossils and archaeological remains over the last decades shed light on the hominin evolution. They... click to read more

  • Alexander R. Groos | PhD student at Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 29, 2020
Building a community: Plants can choose their root’s neighbours

Root microbiota is the term for the community of microorganisms living in and around plant roots. The microorganisms making up the root-microbiota include multiple species of bacteria, fungi, and archaea, forming a complex network of interaction with the plant's roots. These interactions could either be... click to read more

  • Ayala Sela | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Plant Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 28, 2020
Producing next-gen polymers out of antimicrobial-resistant superbugs

Bacteria survive in an array of environments, so they are constantly exposed to a wide variety of toxic molecules. To be able to survive in different environments, bacterial cells must be able to actively protect themselves from toxins. Often they do this by breaking down... click to read more

  • Varsha Naidu | PhD student at Department of Molecular Sciences, Macquarie University, Australia
  • Karl Hassan | Senior Lecturer at Department of Molecular Sciences, Macquarie University, Australia; School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Ian Paulsen | Professor at Department of Molecular Sciences, Macquarie University, Australia
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 27, 2020
How robots can learn to grasp from humans

We use our hands every day to hold and move objects of various shapes, sizes, materials and weights. However, grasping an object is a complex process, even though we do it effortlessly without even a second thought. For example, if we want to lift a... click to read more

  • Subramanian Sundaram | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab, MIT; Wyss Institute, Harvard University; Biological Design Center, Boston University
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 22, 2020
Another sweet story

Humans started growing melons as crops around four thousand years ago. Since then, melons became one of the most abundantly cultivated fruits and today rank among the top 10 crops in terms of economic importance. Cultivated melons, like many other agricultural plants, originated from wild... click to read more

  • Isa Ozdemir | PhD student at Department of Molecular Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
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Reading time 3 min
published on May 11, 2020