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Content: Volume 7, Issue 4

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Aedes aegypti: Rise of a super-vector

There are approximately 3,500 known mosquito species out there, but contrary to common belief, the ability to transmit viruses to humans is the privilege of only a few of them. Among this very private club, Aedes aegypti, also known as the yellow fever mosquito, is... click to read more

  • Fabien Aubry | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Insect-Virus Interactions Unit, Institut Pasteur, CNRS, Paris, France
  • Louis Lambrechts | Research Director at Insect-Virus Interactions Unit, Institut Pasteur, CNRS, Paris, France
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 2, 2021
Flowering plants outcompeted conifers

As evolutionary biologists, one of our major objectives is to understand how competition for resources regulates the appearance and extinction of species and can lead to the increase or decline of entire groups of species. This is particularly difficult to study because each group has... click to read more

  • Fabien L. Condamine | CNRS research scientist at CNRS, Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier, Montpellier, France
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Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 26, 2021
Our Galaxy is shooting out bullets of cold gas

The central regions of disk galaxies are large-scale powerhouses. Galactic nuclei usually host super-massive black holes that release huge amounts of energy when matter spirals around them and eventually falls onto them. Many galaxies also show strong star formation activity in their inner regions, with... click to read more

  • Enrico Di Teodoro | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
  • Lucia Armillotta | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 23, 2021
Rethinking priorities in conservation planning to tackle the biodiversity crisis

Freshwater ecosystems cover a tiny portion of the Earth surface yet host an outstanding biodiversity. About one tenth of all known species inhabit rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, or floodplains. They are also essential to human well-being providing us with food, clean water, and leisure. Freshwater... click to read more

  • Cecília Gontijo Leal | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 19, 2021
The puzzling history of South American mammals

When the Isthmus of Panama formed, it connected North and South America, allowing the interchange of the previously separated faunas from two continents. A puzzling aspect of this interchange is that North American mammals seem to be more successful. The fossil record shows more mammals... click to read more

  • Juan D. Carrillo | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, CNRS, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France; Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 17, 2021