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Content: Volume 6, Issue 3

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The importance of being tested

Imagine the global threat of a potentially lethal virus, showing up in mainland China and rapidly spreading worldwide, for which no effective treatments or vaccines are available. A few months ago, this would have been nothing more than a book or a movie plot. Unfortunately, it... click to read more

  • Giulia Giordano | Assistant Professor at Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento, Trento, Italy
Views 476
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 15, 2020
A Ghost Tsunami without warning

On December 22, 2018, a devastating tsunami struck Sunda Strait, Indonesia, without warning in the evening. It left more than 400 dead and hundreds more injured along with the west Java and the southern Sumatra coastlines. The population did not feel any earthquake shaking to... click to read more

  • Lingling Ye | Professor at Guangdong Provincial Key Lab of Geodynamics and Geohazards, School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
  • Thorne Lay | Professor at Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, USA
Views 373
Reading time 3 min
published on Jul 14, 2020
The Rat's Euler Whiskers

In 1970, Thomas Woolsey, a young neuroscientist, was peering through a microscope at thin slices of mouse brain, when he observed something quite remarkable. In a region of the brain called the cerebral cortex, which plays a key role in sensing, memory and emotion in... click to read more

  • V.G.A. Goss | Associate Professor at School of Engineering, London South Bank University, London, UK
  • E.L. Starostin | Research Fellow at School of Engineering, London South Bank University, London, UK
  • R.A. Grant | Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
Views 466
Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 13, 2020
When the girdle of social timing relaxes: Effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on human sleep

Do you know these Monday mornings when the alarm clock shakes you out of sleep way too early, and you already yearn for the next weekend, when you can finally lie in again? Actually, this illustrates a common situation in modern societies, where internally or... click to read more

  • Christine Blume | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Centre for Chronobiology, Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel; Transfaculty Research Platform Molecular and Cognitive Neurosciences, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • Marlene H. Schmidt | Graduate student at Centre for Chronobiology, Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel; Transfaculty Research Platform Molecular and Cognitive Neurosciences, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 9, 2020
Capturing the past using DNA from Sacred Ibis Mummies

Animals were significant to the ancient Egyptians as they considered them Gods living on earth. By far, the most numerous mummies found are those of the Sacred Ibis, worshipped as the incarnation of the God Thoth. Thoth was the God responsible for maintaining the universe,... click to read more

  • Sally Wasef | Lecturer at Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution, Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
  • David Lambert | Professor at Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution, Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
Views 438
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 6, 2020