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Science Fun of the Week

(January 24th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Some exercise for the weekend!


Humble Beginnings

(February 23rd, 2017) Life arises from pre-existing life. This is true, except at the very beginning, some 4.5 billion years ago. At that time, there was no life but then, extraordinary things happened. German scientists came up with a testable model of the origin of life.


Access All Areas

(February 21st, 2017) Still reluctant to adopt an open science approach? Belgian researchers offer tips and good arguments.


Science Fun of the Week

(February 17th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today, we present to you not alternative facts but alternative definitions.


Lessons From the Victorians

(February 16th, 2017) With increasing globalisation, life becomes more and more complex. It's not the first time, a society has to come to terms with information overload. An EU project investigates.


Back in the Club

(February 14th, 2017) The beginning of 2017 saw Switzerland regain full access to the nearly €80 billion EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020.


Science Fun of the Week

(February 10th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Real-Time PCR. Surreal-Time PCR?!


Dendritic Cell Dance

(February 9th, 2017) A cartoon video by French cell biologist, Matthieu Piel, won the first prize at a recent science conference. He tells us more about the making of the video and the importance of science communication.


Researchers to the Rescue

(February 7th, 2017) It was one of the most controversial official acts, when Donald Trump ordered a travel ban for citizens of seven countries. Supported by EMBO, scientists in Europe offer their help to stranded colleagues.


Science Fun of the Week

(February 3rd, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Traumatic brain injuries in Asterix comic books.


Curiosity: The Driving Factor in Art and Science

(February 2nd, 2017) Ever wondered what happens when you put an artist into a lab? The artists-in-labs programme of the Zurich University of the Arts has been facilitating exactly such exchanges for the last 13 years.


Building Bridges

(January 31st, 2017) Some people take their lessons from nature, some take their tools from nature. But Rebecca Schulman of Johns Hopkins University recently did both, and cracked the problem of how to build with DNA nanotubes.


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