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First circadian clock transplant allows E. coli to keep time

Posted on 12 Jun 2015 in Genetics, Journalism

Bacteria aren’t renowned for their punctuality – but perhaps one day they will be. A working circadian clock has been inserted in E. coli that allows the microbes to keep to a 24-hour schedule. Image: Robbert van der Steeg

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Gene study shows humans took Egyptian path out of Africa

Posted on 29 May 2015 in Archaeology, Genetics, Human Origins, Journalism

Anatomically modern humans migrated out of Africa, but where and how? For years, researchers have argued about whether anatomically modern humans took the northern route through Egypt into Eurasia, or the southern route via the Arabian peninsula. Image: Luca Pagani

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The cat made me do it: Is your pet messing with your mind?

Posted on 28 May 2015 in Animal Behaviour, Featured, Journalism

Imagine there were a parasite living in your brain – an alien interloper with the power to alter your neurochemistry, manipulate your behaviour and change the way others see you. It might even rob you of your sanity. Image: Titran’s Norsk Skogkatt

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CSI Stone Age: was 430,000-year-old hominin murdered?

Posted on 27 May 2015 in Archaeology, Featured, Human Origins, Journalism, Life

It’s the coldest of cold cases: a forensic analysis suggests that an ancient human who lived 430,000 years ago died as the result of a deliberate attack by a right-handed assailant armed with a spear or hand axe. The crime is the earliest evidence of human-on-human violence in the fossil record. Image: 2015 Sala et al.

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Ocean’s microbiome has incredible diversity – and human likeness

Posted on 21 May 2015 in Evolution, Journalism, Life

We’re a step closer to understanding the microbial community that inhabits the ocean – and it has some striking similarities to the community that lives inside our guts. The microbiome of the world’s biggest ecosystem and one of the smallest appear to function in surprisingly similar ways. Image: Christian Sardet/CNRS/Tara Expéditions

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