Fish Gills


The origin of gills

Gills are much older than we believed until now. So says a Cambridge University research, published in Current Biology and based on embryological studies. Thanks to a new technique that allows embryonic cell walls to be marked with fluorescent substances,…

Gecko feet macro


New species of gecko discovered

We often used to hearing speak of species that have become extinct but, on the contrary, this time the news is the discovery of a new species. It is a gecko, never observed before, that a group of scientists has…

Grey Squirrel hugging birds peanuts


The threat of alien species

In Italy alone, there are at least 3000, with a growth of 96% in the last 30 years. We are talking about alien species - one of the first threats to biodiversity - with an annual cost to Europe of…

virus, antibodies and t-cells


Blue light: a new medicine?

Scientists have discovered a new mechanism that stimulates the activity of our immune system through sunlight. More precisely: the blue component of sunlight stimulates the movement capability of T-lymphocytes, the cells that intervene on the sites of infection and organise…

elephant love


Elephants: inspiration for robots

They have a size that would suggest the opposite, but elephants are able to grab even very small or delicate objects without damaging them. The reason? It lies in their trunk which, despite weighing 150 kilograms, is so sophisticated in…

Sea Horse


Seahorse, sprinter of genetics

Thanks to the sequencing and analysis of the genome of the hippocampus (the seahorse), a group has found that the rate of mutations of this fish - and therefore its speed of evolution - is extraordinarily high. The research, published…

Lactobacillus bulgaricus bateria


Biodiversity expanding: bacteria map redrawn

The Bacteria Kingdom, which is estimated to represent at least one fifth of all biomass on Earth, still has many surprises. Proving this is a recent study, conducted by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California at…



World Food Day 2016

16 October is World Food Day, organised by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to commemorate the anniversary of its founding on 16 October 1945. The first edition of World Food Day, which is celebrated today by 150…



The smell of the bee that’s not thereā€¦

Among the different species of ceropegias, plants grown for ornamental use, very intriguing is the strategy of Ceropegia sandersonii which, to attract pollinating insects, produces the smell that a bee attacked by a spider emits to launch a warning signal…

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