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Red(March 14th, 2016) More and more researchers are taking advantage of publishing their manuscripts to a preprint server, like bioRxiv. Because we think this is the future of academic publishing, we will, from now on, regularly report on the freshest ideas and findings from European labs. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(March 10th, 2016) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Polynesian deities under the microscope. more

Science, not Silence

Red(March 9th, 2016) On 22nd April, a global March for Science hopes to focus attention on the pressing need to stand up for the values of science and its role in democracy. more

Good Advice

Red(March 7th, 2016) What's the best thing to do when you notice misconduct in your lab? Take immediate action. Sophie Martin at the University of Lausanne was in this very situation recently. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(March 3rd, 2016) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: The Lab Grammys. more

Dear European Governments

Red(March 2nd, 2016) Watching, slack-jawed, as democracy and scientific reason are being crushed across the pond, science organisations in Europe urge the European Commission to take action and advocate the value of science. more


Teaching a Young Dog New Tricks

Red(February 28th, 2016) Originally designed to sequence DNA and RNA, US-American scientists found a way to map cytosine and adenosine methylation with the Oxford Nanopore Technologies MinION. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(February 24th, 2016) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Some exercise for the weekend! more

Humble Beginnings

Red(February 23rd, 2016) 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. more

Access All Areas

Red(February 21st, 2016) Still reluctant to adopt an open science approach? Belgian researchers offer tips and good arguments. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(February 17th, 2016) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today, we present to you not alternative facts but alternative definitions. more

Lessons From the Victorians

Red(February 16th, 2016) 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. more

Back in the Club

Red(February 14th, 2016) The beginning of 2017 saw Switzerland regain full access to the nearly €80 billion EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(February 10th, 2016) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Real-Time PCR. Surreal-Time PCR?! more

Dendritic Cell Dance

Red(February 9th, 2016) 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. more

Researchers to the Rescue

Red(February 7th, 2016) 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. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(February 34rd, 2016) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Traumatic brain injuries in Asterix comic books. more

Curiosity: The Driving Factor in Art and Science

Red(February 2nd, 2016) 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. more


Building Bridges

Red(January 31st, 2016) 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. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(January 27th, 2016) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Colourful Disease. more

Share and Care!

Red(January 26th, 2016) Do you have some leftover material from your animal experiments? Why not share it? A new database brings givers and takers closer together. more

Doing the Right Sport?

Red(January 24th, 2016) New Year, new me – people around the world take the turn of the year as a chance to get healthier and fitter. But what sport is the best to reach your goals? Football, running, or perhaps Zumba? Finnish researchers might know the answer. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(January 20th, 2016) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Ten science jokes for your amusement. more

Driving Forward

Red(January 19th, 2016) Super-Mendelian inheritance is one of those terms that recently stopped being science fiction. It turned previous legislation into actual fact and made us wonder how to rule its science. This technology called “gene drivers” faced a ban from the United Nations last December. more

“Many False Claims will End up Being Considered True

Red(January 17th, 2016) In a recent article, a group of scientists lobby passionately for the publication of negative results. We spoke with first author, Silas Boye Nissen. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(January 13th, 2016) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Does it Fart? more

Science Forecasts

Red(January 12th, 2016) What's in store for science in 2017? Hans Clevers, Francis Levi and George Church look into the crystall ball and make their predictions. more

Happy Birthday, ERC!

Red(January 10th, 2016) This year, the European Research Council turns ten. Started as a pioneering experiment back in 2007, it has since become a genuine success story. more

Science Fun of the Week

Red(January 6th, 2016) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Sex differences in idiotic behaviour. more

Welcome to our World

Red(January 4th, 2016) Just when you thought, all the world's animals, plants and fungi have been discovered, new species pop up in unusual places - on Facebook, the deep sea and even in Europe. Here's our selection of newly-described species. more


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