Cancer’s Chromosomal Chaos

KOPS (University Medical Center Utrecht):

This year, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of an astonishing prediction by one of the great biologists of the past. Theodor Boveri had been observing the many ways in which the development of a sea urchin embryo could go awry when an egg was fertilized by multiple sperm cells.... Continua a leggere »


Quantum Mechanics Returns to Ancient Greece

CHEVY (Ecole Normale Supérieure):

Image: Artist's view of atoms in an optical lattice. When the atomic density is extremely high, the atoms block each other’s way, and atoms are stuck at the bottom of their optical wells.

For a hundred years now, we have known that some compounds lose their electrical... Continua a leggere »


Evaluating the Quality of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

BENDINI (University of Bologna):

Have you ever found yourself looking to buy a bottle of vegetable oil at the supermarket only to find yourself staring at the display of many different products without being able to choose one? If you look long enough, you may find yourself going from seed oil to pomace olive oil, to... Continua a leggere »


How to Be on Time: Internal Clock Lessons from Blue-Green Algae

HERTEL AND REDIGER (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin):

“Turn the night into day!” Are these not the mottos of our modern times? To party the night away or, for unfortunate individuals, to work at night is now the norm. In doing so, however, we encounter an opponent that should not be underestimated — the internal... Continua a leggere »


Raising Gaia, Europe’s Brainchild

CARRASCOSO (University of Barcelona):

Working on a space mission is a bit like raising children: it takes years, patience and some suffering, but it is also very rewarding. For me parenthood and the work on a space mission started around 2001, when my wife, Isabel, gave birth to our daughter Ana and the European Space... Continua a leggere »