Today’s journey begins with a rather amusing encounter: an ever-wiggling spermatozoid with a self-composed egg. What happens next is a succession of events dictated by our memory blockbusters (our genes) until the birth signal is given. Pregnancy is indeed an exciting...

In our current’s society ceaseless search for new materials that allow electronic devices to perform better and faster, physics and materials science get a whole lot of credit. Yet the frenzy involves the gadgets’ new features rather than the science behind them. Topol...

The human microbiome term refers to microbial communities living in symbiosis in or on different organs throughout our bodies. Our intestines, mouth, nostrils, skin, sexual organs, and others profit from this lively win-win collaboration. In recent years, the scientifi...

It’s not news that humankind depends on plants. Food, fuel and medication are just some of the valuable resources provided by this precious green matter. Yet we give little thought to the reality of plants’ silent extinction. Often it is because conservationists themse...

Switching back and forth among languages in a conversation may sound a tongue-twister for some people, but it’s a normal reality for others. In a world where multicultural parents are no longer found only in movie scripts, bilingual youngsters will cross our paths more...

Back in the old days, when there was no electricity, ways of communication differed a whole lot from the ones we know today. Written letters used to find their destinations after lengthy rides in carriages, while high-pitched whistles traveled at the speed of the sound...

They dance around us with such invisible elegance. Elongated shiny legs hold together their heavy waterlogged heads as they embark in synchronized choreography all around us every morning. We impolitely disregard their show and let them slip down the drain: In the end,...

Human progress continually amazes me. When we look back a couple of millions of years ago, the “wise man,” mostly known as Homo sapiens, was only – or remarkably – able to hunt a large range of game using a set of ingenious artifacts. Yet when we look at our societies...

When you hear about channels, you may first think about manmade water routes that boats travel through. Or road tunnels allowing people to travel quite fast across a rugged landscape. Or even TV or radio stations. In the big picture, you got it right. Channels link pla...

Let’s get into an open and honest talk about the cannabis plant, whose versatility is incredible yet often forgotten due to a societal disapproval of drugs dependency. This flowering plant is indigenous to central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, but it has been with u...

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