Monthly Archives: September 2012

Why are human babies so helpless?

A baby gazelle struggles to climb on its legs straight after being born. A newborn monkey clings tightly to its mother’s fur. And then you look at human babies, feeble and vulnerable creatures. And you can’t help but wonder how

Why are human babies so helpless?

A baby gazelle struggles to climb on its legs straight after being born. A newborn monkey clings tightly to its mother’s fur. And then you look at human babies, feeble and vulnerable creatures. And you can’t help but wonder how

Gene silencing as a strategy to control parasitic plants

Most plants are what we call in the scientific jargon autotrophs. They make their own food. They use the light to power up chemical reactions that produce sugars. Most, but not all. Some plants have become parasites and lost the

Gene silencing as a strategy to control parasitic plants

Most plants are what we call in the scientific jargon autotrophs. They make their own food. They use the light to power up chemical reactions that produce sugars. Most, but not all. Some plants have become parasites and lost the

A virus changes the feeding behavior of an insect

Science fiction isn’t so far out with its idea of a virus giving vampires and zombies a craving for blood and dead meat. The concept of a virus modifying the eating habits of its carrier does exist in nature. Without

A virus changes the feeding behavior of an insect

Science fiction isn’t so far out with its idea of a virus giving vampires and zombies a craving for blood and dead meat. The concept of a virus modifying the eating habits of its carrier does exist in nature. Without

Snail hunting and game playing: everybody can help scientific research

It’s a grey chilly Sunday afternoon. This week-end’s uncertain weather has ruined your plan to take the kids to the swimming pool. They’re running around the house in a full demonstration of the seemingly inexhaustible energy that only children possess,

Snail hunting and game playing: everybody can help scientific research

It’s a grey chilly Sunday afternoon. This week-end’s uncertain weather has ruined your plan to take the kids to the swimming pool. They’re running around the house in a full demonstration of the seemingly inexhaustible energy that only children possess,

How the way horses move can tell us about the genetics of limb coordination

Most horses naturally use three gaits: the walk, the trot and the gallop. But some breeds have additional gaits. For example, some Icelandic horses can pace and tölt. In the pace, like in the trot, two feet are always off

How the way horses move can tell us about the genetics of limb coordination

Most horses naturally use three gaits: the walk, the trot and the gallop. But some breeds have additional gaits. For example, some Icelandic horses can pace and tölt. In the pace, like in the trot, two feet are always off

Older fathers have more risk of having diseased children

Tick tock, tick tock. The clock is ticking for women. They can’t have children forever. But, although men produce sperm until late in life, in the light of accumulating evidence that the risk to have a child with a disease

Older fathers have more risk of having diseased children

Tick tock, tick tock. The clock is ticking for women. They can’t have children forever. But, although men produce sperm until late in life, in the light of accumulating evidence that the risk to have a child with a disease