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 there…

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…

Diverse Coral Reef


Biodiversity at risk

14.7% of the land and 10% of the territorial waters of our planet are protected through the establishment of national parks or other types of protected areas: many steps forward have been taken, and we are not far from achieving…



Fossils dating back 3.7 billion years discovered

A team of Australian researchers at the University of Wollongong (UOW) has made an extraordinary discovery: it has brought to light the oldest fossils in the world. These are stromatolite fossils dating back 3.7 billion years and which have been…



New specimen of the monk seal spotted in the Egadi islands

A new specimen of the monk seal has been spotted in the Egadi islands, thanks to the monitoring carried out by ISPRA and by the Managing Body of the "Egadi Islands" Protected Marine Area (PMA), in collaboration with the Ministry of…

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