Edvard Moser fand ihn unter seinen entgangenen Anrufen: den Anruf des Stockholmer Nobelpreiskommitees. Erst als er in München aus dem Flugzeug stieg, erfuhr der norwegische Forscher, dass er einer der Nobelpreisträger 2014 für Physiologie sei. Gemeinsam mit seiner Ehefrau und Ko-Gruppenleiterin May-Britt Moser und dem britisch-amerikanischen Forscher John O’Keefe, bei dem die Mosers eine kurze … More Eine Landkarte im Gehirn
“Citizen science” projects have successfully gotten people to classify galaxy shapes, find optimal protein folding structures or decipher manuscripts. But is it possible to use online participation not just to harness users problem-solving abilities but for actual experiments and data gathering in cognitive research? There has been much furore recently about a study on the … More Cognitive research – coming to a smartphone near you
“Fit in 15 minutes” – just 15 minutes training to get the same results as in a one and a half hours of sweaty workouts – that’s one of the promises of the “vibroplate”, “powerplate” and similar gyms promoting doing exercises on a vibrating plate. “Clever in 15 minutes” might be another claim they are … More Good vibrations?
Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 30 million people worldwide. One cause of this devastating type of dementia are tangles of a protein called tau. Tau usually binds to the cell’s inner skeleton, but in patients it groups together in brain cells and forms tangles, clogging them up. Other neurodegenerative diseases are also caused by tau, … More Is Alzheimer’s a prion disease?
When you’re trying to get pregnant, after a while, cuddling afterwards will inevitably be replaced by the charming beetle pose – lying on your back, legs up in the air. All in the hope of getting the little swimmers on their way to their goal. On their journey through the cervix, uterus and the oviduct … More sperm spirals to its goal
In 1953, James Crick and Francis Watson discovered the source of information in our cells – DNA. This spiral of bases attached to a sugar-phosphate backbone is the ultimate information storage: it is stable, trustworthy, easy to repair and is divided up so that a cell’s offspring contains the same information as the original cell. … More DNA – it’s not just information, duh
Olives are part of any good Greek salad – or Bulgarian shopska salad, or any other variation of the tomato-cucumber-olive salad that heralds summer. From fat, plump Kalamata, to the sort of sad, de-stoned kinds straggling at the back of your fridge, all types wriggle their way in. Somewhat surprisingly, as researchers noted this week … More Shaken, not stirred
Not only Drosophila manage to fly at constant speed – bats maintain their groundspeed even when wind conditions change. When the winds change, bats adapt their speed of flight so that they manage to fly at constant speed. Researchers tracked fruit bats in Ghana on their way from roost to feeding sites, and correlated their … More Batman in the wind
Just relying on their eyes is not enough for the fruitfly Drosophila when zooming to that pitiful last banana on your counter. Wind-sensing antennae allow fruitflies to fly at constant speed, even when winds change. Characteristically, fruitflies straight flight bouts are punctuated by quick changes in direction. Flies tend fly straight at a constant speed, … More Need for speed – Drosophila antennae regulate flight speed
“Look, look over there, a group of elephants is coming!” Next time you are on a safari, you might not want to say these words if you’d like to snap a photo. Or at least not in Maasai: new research shows that elephants in the Amboseli National Park in Kenya are able to distinguish between … More Elephants – now in your language class