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Speed Dating: Promiscuous pectoral sandpipers sample breeding sites along thousands of kilometres

After having journeyed half way across the globe to reach their breeding grounds in the Arctic, male pectoral sandpipers fly thousands of kilometres more through their breeding range. Bart Kempenaers and Mihai Valcu of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology …

Oxytocin enhances social affiliation in chimpanzee groups

In violent intergroup conflicts between chimpanzee groups the hormone oxytocin enhances the social affiliation among members of the same group The high costs of individuals going to war is perplexing. Individuals are willing to suffer costs in order to benefit …

7 Surprising Things Doctors Can Tell About You Just By Looking At Your Blood

You probably know that a simple blood test can tell you a few basics about your health, like your cholesterol levels, red and white blood cell counts, and nutritional deficiencies. But did you know that a blood test can also …

New cure for rare childhood diseases enters final phase of trials

If trials prove successful, a cure for previously untreatable rare childhood diseases will follow. Lysosomal storage diseases, such as Fabry’s disease, Niemann-Pick disease type C, or Sandhoff disease. These are the names of diseases so rare that they do not …

Motion-directed robots on a micro scale

Microswimmers capped with carbon on one side can be propelled and steered by light Phototactic behaviour directs some bacteria towards light and others into darkness: This enables them to utilize solar energy as efficiently as possible for their metabolism, or, …

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