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Isa Ozdemir

Senior Scientific Editor

Isa is the editor of 16 Breaks:

The Mystery of the Lizard Tail

Quick breakage of lizard tails to escape predation has remained a mystery for centuries. Our study explains the balance between firm attachment and the quick release of the tail and highlights the lizard's way of achieving the “just right” connection for its best chance of survival.

Oct 17, 2022 | 3 min read
Rocks beneath volcanic hotspots can be surprisingly cool

Volcanic hotspots like Hawaii are usually thought to be fed by hot blobs inside the Earth. A new class of cold hotspots is identified by inferring the temperature from Earth’s CT-scan. Scientists need to figure out a new theory to explain its mysterious origin.

Jul 15, 2022 | 3.5 min read
No need to stress when the dissertation deadline approaches

We find that students are not more stressed or handle their stress differently at different points during the dissertation year. However, stress and coping are connected to tasks and challenges at hand. Additionally, students change their thinking about the dissertation over time. First, the dissertation is new and negatively perceived, then as a challenge and in the end negatively again.

Feb 18, 2022 | 3.5 min read
When it comes to the giant bacterium Achromatium, everything is everywhere

Unlike typical bacteria, the giant Achromatium contains hundreds of unidentical chromosomes. Achromatium is present globally in different environments. This typically leads to speciation. Nevertheless, Achromatium shows minimal environment-specific phylogenetic differentiation. Instead, it harbors a globally identical functional inventory for which uses genes it needs for the specific habitat.

Jan 28, 2022 | 4 min read
Deep brain-mediated effects of stress on sleep and immunity

Stress is among the most prevalent causes of insomnia, yet why the brain fails to manage a heathy and proper sleep pattern under stress remains unclear. We clarified a neural circuit located in the deep brain regions implicated in stress-induced insomnia and an extensive suppression of immune function.

Dec 27, 2021 | 3.5 min read
Aedes aegypti: Rise of a super-vector

Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, the mosquito Aedes aegypti did not become the world’s most efficient carrier of human viruses overnight. Our study uncovered the genetic evolution that contributed to turn an African forest-dwelling mosquito into a super-vector.

Dec 2, 2021 | 3.5 min read