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Orca Linguistics

(April 28th, 2016) Killer whales use sound to navigate and communicate. They converse in vocal dialects, a unique repertoire of calls shared by each pod of whales. By using an agent-based computer model of call evolution, Scottish scientists analysed which factors influence the whales' language.

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Videogames against Malaria

(April 26th, 2016) Spanish researchers at the Technical University of Madrid develop a Malaria "Candy Crush" game to research new diagnostic tools.

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Bioprinting Thick Vascularised Tissues

(April 22nd, 2016) We've all seen the impact 3D printing has had. But have you wondered what it would be like if we could 3D print living tissues? Wonder no longer – it turns out we already can.

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The Divine Rise of Ultra-Sociality

(April 20th, 2016) Is sociality written in our genes? A game of dice suggests that all it needs for humans to cooperate is an all-seeing, moral and punitive god.

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Inflammation Overload

(April 18th, 2016) For decades nobody knew what caused painful skin lesions in a Belgian family. Now, researchers at Leuven University have finally caught the culprit.

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Aldehydes Eliminate Virus Vectors

(April 15th, 2016) The race is on to get the Zika virus under control. In an unprecedented move, academia and industry agreed to share their data. Irish company, Microbide, makes available its results describing the lethal effect of its biocides on the larvae of Aedes and Anopheles mosquitos.

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"Evaluation of Research Has Increased Over Time But it is Necessary"

(April 13th, 2016) As member of an independent expert group, Stefan Kuhlmann was involved in investigating the outcome and impact of the 7th EU Framework Programme. Lab Times talked to him about his career, his experiences as an FP7 evaluator and also about current trends in research evaluation.

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Company Companion

(April 11th, 2016) In the quest for understanding the role of epigenetics in cancer, UK researchers and a bioinformatics company join forces to find value in complex biological data.

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Swedes Still Trust Scientists... Despite Macchiarini

(April 8th, 2016) Two surveys undertaken in late 2015 and early 2016 confirm the Swedish public continue to trust their researchers, despite all the negative press covering Paolo Macchiarini's case of scientific misconduct and fraud at the Karolinska Institute.

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Ancient Deposition

(April 5th, 2016) Microbiologists based at Queen’s University Belfast present stratigraphic, geochemical and microbiological evidence that potentially identifies the alpine route Hannibal of Carthage followed from the Rhone basin into Italia.

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Communicating Science beyond the Lab

(April 1st, 2016) With most research publicly-funded, communicating scientific results to lay audiences has become increasingly important. The Comm4Science conference looks at past, present and future of science communication and provides vital tips.

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Breaking the Writer’s Block

(March 30th, 2016) Some say, writing a manuscript is the hardest part of research. To make it easier for you, open access publisher Biomed Central has a few hopefully helpful tips.

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