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Life Sciences - Environment - 21.04.2020
Deepwater charr, presumed extinct, reappears in Lake Constance
Deepwater charr, presumed extinct, reappears in Lake Constance
The deepwater charr Salvelinus profundus is a small, pale fish endemic to Lake Constance. With its large eyes and overbite, it is well adapted to life in the depths, where it feeds on bottom-dwelling worms and crustaceans. Up until the 1960s, it was a commercial species, but catches subsequently declined with the eutrophication of Lake Constance.

History / Archeology - Life Sciences - 20.04.2020

Environment - Life Sciences - 20.04.2020
Ants restore Mediterranean dry grasslands
Ants restore Mediterranean dry grasslands
In nature, certain species are able to regulate the cycling of soil nutrients and vegetation diversity and dynamics.

Health - Life Sciences - 20.04.2020
University of Birmingham supporting local NHS to upscale testing for frontline staff
Labs at the University of Birmingham have been re-purposed to support the testing of frontline NHS staff in the city from this week, supporting University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust to upscale their testing capacity during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Life Sciences - Health - 20.04.2020
High-Throughput Method Speeds Discovery of Improved Vectors For Gene Delivery To Diverse Brain Cell Types
Viruses are nature's Trojan horses: They gain entrance to cells, smuggle in their genetic material, and use the cell's own machinery to replicate. For decades, scientists have studied how to minimize their deleterious effects and even repurpose these invaders to deliver not their own viral genome, but therapeutics for treating disease and tools for studying cells.

Life Sciences - Environment - 17.04.2020
Untapped potential for animals to help reduce bushfire risk
Untapped potential for animals to help reduce bushfire risk
A new study led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found that animals may be an "untapped" resource to help manage fuel loads for bushfires.

Environment - Life Sciences - 17.04.2020
Try science at home with the #StayHome BiodiversityChallenge
Stuck together in isolation, three University of Queensland scientists have started a new online challenge to get us more acquainted with our (very) local wildlife.

Health - Life Sciences - 17.04.2020
International consortium investigates overactive immune cells as cause of COVID-19 deaths
In the urgent battle to treat COVID-19 patients, a group of eleven international medical research organizations is investigating whether overactive immune cells that produce Neutrophil Extracellular Traps (NETs) cause the most severe cases.

Life Sciences - Environment - 17.04.2020
Try science at home with the #StayHomeBiodiversityChallenge
Stuck together in isolation, three University of Queensland scientists have started a new online challenge to get us more acquainted with our (very) local wildlife.

Life Sciences - Health - 16.04.2020

Health - Life Sciences - 16.04.2020
Statement from Prof Edward Holmes on the SARS-CoV-2 virus
Statement from Prof Edward Holmes on the SARS-CoV-2 virus
Unfounded speculation on the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 has prompted the following statement from Professor Holmes, who was involved in mapping the genome of the virus. "There is no evidence that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans, originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, China.

Life Sciences - Health - 15.04.2020
Six Marie Sk odowska-Curie fellows are coming to the University of Bern
Six Marie Sk odowska-Curie fellows are coming to the University of Bern
The University of Bern is welcoming six Marie Sk'odowska-Curie fellows this year. The "Marie Sk'odowska-Curie Individual Fellowships", awarded annually by the European Commission, give experienced researchers the opportunity to enrich their scientific careers with a stay abroad.

Life Sciences - Health - 15.04.2020
Staff at Berkeley Lab's X-Ray Facility Mobilize to Support COVID-19-Related Research
Staff at Berkeley Lab’s X-Ray Facility Mobilize to Support COVID-19-Related Research
Advanced Light Source experiments focus on proteins related to virus that has infected about 2M people worldwide X-rays allow researchers to map out the 3D structure of proteins relevant to diseases at the scale of molecules and atoms, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (Berkeley Lab's) Advanced Light Source (ALS) X-ray facility has been recalled to action to support research related to COVID-19, the coronavirus disease that has already infected about 2 million people around the world.

Life Sciences - Computer Science - 10.04.2020

Health - Life Sciences - 09.04.2020
Call for Citizen Scientists to Contribute to COVID-19 Studies
The Microsetta Initiative , a crowdsourced research effort based at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, has expanded its capabilities to now allow citizen-scientists around the world to help collect crucial information about SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus causing a COVID-19 pandemic.

Health - Life Sciences - 08.04.2020
Bristol announces the first of many new research projects to tackle COVID-19
The 25 research projects are the first to be announced from the recent Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Rapid Response Funding Call (COVID-19) . Additional projects, from the rolling funding call, will be announced by the Institute in the coming weeks, demonstrating the University's ability to expand its research to address this vital area.

Health - Life Sciences - 08.04.2020
’Smart toilet’ monitors for signs of disease
A disease-detecting "precision health" toilet can sense multiple signs of illness through automated urine and stool analysis, a new Stanford study reports.

Health - Life Sciences - 08.04.2020
Coronavirus portal and an enterprising engineer: News from the College
Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial. From a new public website for those interested in the science of COVID-19, to an Imperial alumnus named as one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 Asia, here is some quick-read news from across the College. Coronavirus portal Researchers at Imperial have contributed to a new public website for those interested in the science of COVID-19, making available their expertise relevant to the coronavirus outbreak.

Life Sciences - Health - 08.04.2020
The Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research turns 50
The Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research turns 50
April 8, 2020 On April 8, 1970, the founding charter of the FMI was signed. For 50 years, the FMI has stayed true to its initial mission: To promote basic research in the fields of biochemistry and medicine, and to train young scientists.

Life Sciences - Health - 08.04.2020
FRQS to fund new structural biology centre at McGill University
New interdisciplinary facility will house 38 researchers across a variety of disciplines and aims to become a world-leading institute in understanding biophysical mechanisms of disease The health sci

Health - Life Sciences - 06.04.2020
An Invisible Threat
Editor's note: This piece is part of an ongoing series on Caltech scientists who are researching the COVID-19 pandemic, each according to their own specialty.

Life Sciences - 05.04.2020
The circuitous path to adulthood
The circuitous path to adulthood
Genes that time the transition to adulthood are well-studied in the roundworm C. elegans, and at least partially conserved in mammals, where they regulate the onset of puberty.

Health - Life Sciences - 03.04.2020

Health - Life Sciences - 02.04.2020
Tackling the virus through creativity
Tackling the virus through creativity
ETH Zurich has been in lockdown for more than two weeks now. Although many projects have been put on hold, research relevant to the coronavirus has gathered speed.

Chemistry - Life Sciences - 02.04.2020

Life Sciences - Pedagogy - 01.04.2020
Evolution as a narrative in teaching biology
What is life? This question is the starting point not for a philosophy lecture, but for the newly designed Bachelor's degree programme in biology at ETH Zurich.

Health - Life Sciences - 31.03.2020
The COVID-19 Virus, By the Numbers
Editor's note: This piece is part of an ongoing series on Caltech scientists who are doing research on the COVID-19 pandemic, each according to their own specialty.

Health - Life Sciences - 31.03.2020
"When it comes to infectious diseases, we're still vulnerable"
An EPFL professor of Microbiology, Melanie Blokesch reminds us why we need to take infectious diseases more seriously - and be better prepared for future outbreaks.

Life Sciences - Career - 31.03.2020
Three Researchers at Freie Universität Receive Grants from the European Research Council
ERC Advanced Grants for Biochemist Volker Haucke, Science Historian Mathieu Ossendrijver, and Linguist Friedemann Pulvermüller No 060/2020 from Mar 31, 2020 Researchers at Freie Universität Berlin have received three prestigious ERC Advanced Grants from the European Research Council (ERC).

Health - Life Sciences - 30.03.2020
"The world now has no choice but to count on science."
Jacques Fellay, a professor at EPFL's School of Life Sciences, talks about mutations of the novel coronavirus, variants in the human genome, and how they might affect the current pandemic. Has the SARS-CoV-2 virus mutated by now? Like all viruses, SARS-CoV-2 evolves over time through random mutations of its genome (which is made of single-stranded RNA).

Psychology - Life Sciences - 30.03.2020
Social distance in the time of coronavirus
In a short clip, Rosalba Morese, postdoc assistant at the Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society and at the Institute of Public Health of USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, talks about our emotional reactions to social distance, an aspect that we need to deal with in our daily lives.

Environment - Life Sciences - 30.03.2020
Where lions roam: West African big cats show no preference between national parks, hunting zones
Where lions roam: West African big cats show no preference between national parks, hunting zones
West African lions are a critically endangered subpopulation, with an estimated 400 remaining and strong evidence of ongoing declines.

Health - Life Sciences - 27.03.2020
Scientists Turn Research Toward Fighting Coronavirus Pandemic
Editor's note: This piece is the first in a series on Caltech scientists who are researching the COVID-19 pandemic, each according to their own specialty. From biology, to chemistry, to social sciences, and computing, the keys to fighting the disease may be just around the corner, waiting to be discovered.

Life Sciences - Materials Science - 27.03.2020
Establishing a creative space
Establishing a creative space
How is teaching at ETH dealing with the explosion of information in research and technology? Besides developing specialist knowledge, teaching is increasingly concerned with interdisciplinary skills such as critical thinking and the ability to filter, understand and apply relevant information.

Health - Life Sciences - 27.03.2020
FRQ to create a province-wide COVID-19 Biobank
McGill researchers to lead new task force designed to facilitate and coordinate collection of samples and data from COVID-19 patients across Quebec The Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) and Genome Q

Life Sciences - 26.03.2020
Neanderthals: Pioneers in the use of marine resources
Neanderthals: Pioneers in the use of marine resources
Neanderthals slurping seashells by the seashore? This scene may startle those accustomed to imagining Homo neanderthalensis as a people of cold climes who hunted large herbivores.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 26.03.2020
Hoarding is not a strange behavior during times of crisis
FACULTY Q&A The COVID-19 pandemic has rampantly heightened stress and anxiety during these uncertain times, leading some to hoard groceries such as toilet paper, eggs, meats, bread and hand sanitizer.

Life Sciences - 26.03.2020
Drosophila-associated bacteria differentially shape the nutritional requirements of their host during juvenile growth
Publication by IGFL in PLoS Biology on March 20, 2020. The interplay between nutrition and the microbial communities colonizing the gastrointestinal tract (i.e., gut microbiota) determines juvenile growth trajectory.

Health - Life Sciences - 25.03.2020
COVID-19 in a world made ripe for pandemics
Emerging infectious diseases have become more likely - and more likely to be consequential - partly as a result of how people move around the planet and relate to the natural world.

Life Sciences - Health - 24.03.2020
ETH makes laboratory equipment available for coronavirus tests
Coronavirus testing is an essential part of identifying infected people and curbing the spread of the pandemic. To speed up the testing process, the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich has made its laboratory equipment available to the canton of Thurgau. The first step of a coronavirus test is to swab the person's mouth, nose or throat.

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