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Under the sign of the Bear

Thirty thousand years ago, on the walls of the Chauvet-Pont d'Arc cave in Southern France, primitive artists painted woolly mammoths, rhinoceroses, lions, horses and bears. Extinct animals that still “live” on the rock and amaze us with the modern style…

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Lucy in the sky with diamonds and butterflies

A butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil can produce a tornado in Texas. The author of this poetic image was Edward Lorenz, a meteorologist who in 1972 explained how small changes in a system as complex as the atmosphere can…

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Crispr-Cas9, the gene factory

DNA is like an alphabet with only four letters (G, T, A, C) written one after another. A, C, G, T are the initials of the four molecules that encode life: adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine. Four letters that, combined…

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World Food Day 2018

The United Nations food and agriculture organisation (FAO) celebrates the  il World Food Day each year on 16 October, with the aim of raising public awareness of the topics of hunger and malnutrition. The ambitious goal is to succeed in…

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Animal architecture, both elegance and precision

Homes, dams, artistic installations. We are often inclined to believe that humans are the only animals able to erect buildings and other constructions that modify the environment to their own advantage, but read here and you will find otherwise!  From…

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Who is behind that flower?

From ancient Greek, μιμέομαι meaning “to imitate”, mimicry is a phenomenon whereby some species take on the appearance of another organism, or the colours, shapes or other characteristics of the environment in which they live. Perhaps the best-known imitators originate…

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A turtle’s life

Sea turtles are the oldest living reptiles today. They have been inhabiting the oceans for over 150 million years without having changed their physical appearance. Up to 200 years ago, millions of them populated the oceans’ waters: now they still…

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It takes two to tango: dance and love in the animal kingdom

From tango to belly dancing, flamenco to tarantella, from ancient Oriental palaces to discotheques, dance is not only an authentic art but also synonymous with passion and the art of seduction. Cultures everywhere have always been well aware of this…

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Free divers in evening suits

They waddle along in an ungainly and comic way, sliding at speed with their bellies on the ice and swimming even more swiftly in the sea using their wings as flippers. We are talking about penguins, animals that symbolise the…

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