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Seagrass is among the most important marine plants, as it harbors whole ecosystems and also stores carbon dioxide. Areas in which these underwater meadows grow have declined drastically, US scientists started a reforestation campaign, to give endangered species a new habitat and to fight climate crisis.
Bumblebees benefit from broad bean plants. By planting these crops, the declining bumblebee population can be increased again.
About new ways to produce climate-neutral fuels: another ace up our sleeves in the fight against climate crisis.
What is behind the promise of a leaner, healthier self by refraining from eating?
The number of people that called in sick with a cold has declined due to social distancing and increased hygiene efforts. So, why don’t we turn these measures into habits that we stick to, even after the pandemic.
Three patients with hereditary blood diseases have been cured by a new gene therapy with CRISPR-Cas, where doctors modified the DNA of red blood cell precursors.
Scientists restore light perception of blind mice by transplanting light sensing cells, which they made from skin.
While polar bears and seals continuously struggle to survive with reduced extents of sea ice in the Arctic, penguins in the Antarctic have higher hunting and breeding success, when there is less ice.
A dietary study on pregnant mice shows how fiber consumption influences the metabolic development of their offspring, thus determining their health and weight as adults. These findings could apply to humans as well.
PhD student Heidemeyer suffers from imposter syndrome: ‘I am afraid that people will think that I am not smart enough’. She opens up about her experiences.
Trauma can have long lasting effects on a person’s psyche, but it can also change their genetic material. This way, trauma is inheritable and makes the generations to follow more susceptible for disease and mental disorders.
The poop of a dog says a lot about the quality of the food it is eating. In order to produce gold standard pet food, scientists analyze doog poop.
Fish living in dark caves have rapidly adapted to their environment during evolution. New research shows that some of those changes occur within two years, without mutations to the DNA.
The ability to learn does not stop with childhood. It is possible to acquire new skills with motivation, even in old age, brain researchers report.
Researchers have developed a method that determines the structure of foodstuffs at a molecular level with the help of tiny fluorescent beads.
Vitamins and minerals are very important for our health, but it is not so easy to eat enough fruits and vegetables. Nutrient pills are a welcome alternative, but can they compensate for a balanced diet?
How do you make decisions if you cannot think? How do you respond to danger if you cannot run or hide? Plants know the answer to these questions. And fundamental researchers all over the world try to understand them as well.
A new malaria control method focuses on female mosquitoes and her eggs.
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Last month, in the Dutch town of Doetinchem, nature managers applied sun cream onto the bark of beech trees. Is that really necessary?
The brains of adolescent fruit flies are wired to make them sleep longer than adults, which is important for brain development. Scientists believe that human brains work similarly and that this is the reason why children and teenagers sleep longer.
A few years ago one of my colleagues wondered why we still travel the world to attend conferences. I immediately jumped on the conversation and passionately argued that physical gatherings are necessary for science. I was completely convinced that I was right.
The body needs vitamins and minerals to carry out many vital processes. We therefore must eat them regularly, but in which quantities?
Do you know that feeling that everyone around you knows exactly what they are doing, while you’re just muddling on? Many people, in all kinds of professions, suffer from this so-called imposter syndrome. Even scientists, and especially PhD students, struggle with this.
Time pressure for the development of a corona virus vaccine makes researchers utilize new techniques. These promise shorter production times. But how will scientists know whether they are affective?
Here, we will show you how you can make your own temporary lava lamp with household items. It is a fun and easy experiment suitable for those in need to entertain their kids in these corona isolation times and those who want to let out their inner child and be mesmerized by science.
The poisonous rough-skinned newt Taricha granulosa, which can kill an adult human, turns out not to be poisonous itself. The poison is made by its little helpers.
Butterflies come in all shapes and colors. Mother Nature has tricks to color those butterflies as well as the rest of the world.
Scientists are researching feverishly to find solutions for the corona crisis. And they seem to have found a promising one.
From fundamental research to an application
Studies have shown that natural sweeteners (honey and maple syrup) interfere less with our blood glucose levels than refined sugar. They are thus considered to be healthy. However, this is only a small piece in the puzzle of nutritional science, the overall picture looks a little different.
Methods that allow an early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease are as important as a good therapy
Quarter life crisis: Why so many young people find it hard to settle down and how one can make satisfying decisions.
Both good and bad bacteria in our gut affect our health. Can’t we kill those bad bacteria?
Scientists have published numerous 3D models of parts of the coronavirus. Those models are essential in making a corona vaccine. But they are missing something important …
Scientists place large amounts of data in the app and call on us to analyze it. This allows you to contribute to your favorite field, for example biology, art, astronomy or health.
The malaria pathogen is building up resistance to current medications. Scientists now discovered how this resistance is established. They published their findings in the scientific journal Science.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are powerful tools that help scientists study the foundation of life. The knowledge that can be created with them is the basis for applications everyone can benefit from. It can be the cure of a disease or the cure of hunger. The GMOs are made to be used in a laboratory, but the knowledge that is created with them is made for everyone.