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Who Really did it First? Nature or a Pharmacist?

(September 22nd, 2014) Remember the tramadol story from last year? French researchers found that African trees synthesise the popular painkiller all by themselves. Now, German scientists claim that very different reasons are behind the trees’ alleged chem lab. The French fervently beg to differ.

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Opportunities Under Horizon 2020 (2)

(September 19th, 2014) Just like Axelle Viré, also Laura De Vargas Roditi benefited from a Marie Curie Action. Originally from Brazil, she is now a postdoc at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich.

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Life Captured at its Best

(September 16th, 2014) “From so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved”, Charles Darwin once wrote. And as a proof of Nature’s beauty, BMC Ecology runs an annual image contest. Here are this year’s winners.

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Opportunities Under Horizon 2020 (1)

(September 12th, 2014) Axelle Viré has benefited from Marie Curie Actions twice throughout her career. Since November last year, she has been the vice chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association, MCAA. Lab Times talked to her about her MC experiences and her role in shaping the MCAA.

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Pathogen Priority

(September 9th, 2014) Normally a measure for a researcher’s productivity and the impact of his published work, UK scientists found an alternative use for the Hirsch-index. With it, they determined the top 100 human and domestic animal pathogens in Europe.

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Dispatches from the US (1)

(September 5th, 2014) Science is not only done in Europe. Therefore, we thought it’s time to expand our focus to the big country across the Pond. In their new, monthly column, our US correspondents, Madhuvanthi Kannan and Ganesh Vasan, will bring you the latest science news from the US.

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The Five Senses of Flavour

(September 2nd, 2014) Want to make your next dinner a once-in-a-lifetime experience? Finnish researchers recently published a cookbook that appeals to all your senses. So, how does the culmination of food, sound and music taste?

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Flawed Happiness

(August 29th, 2014) It took one year and thousands of statistical re-analyses but now a headline-grabbing paper on functional genomics of human well-being has been debunked as nothing but “artifacts of dubious analyses and erroneous methodology”.

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Paid Educational Journey

(August 26th, 2014) Not only rock stars go on world tour. The British Orthopaedic Research Society recently gave three young researchers the chance to see the world and expand their knowledge at the same time. Lab Times reporter, Nicola Hunt, was one of the lucky fellowship winners.

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Shining Light on Cell Communication

(August 22nd, 2014) Since its inception, optogenetics has turned neuroscience research inside out. Researchers at the Austrian Institute of Science and Technology have now improved optogenetic tools further, to better understand and manipulate cell signalling and regeneration.

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Beer, Football and Science, a Winning Combination

(August 19th, 2014) Fortune-telling animals are a phenomenon whenever 22 men meet on a grass field during an international tournament. For this year’s World Cup, scientists in Dresden tested the prophetic ability of some of their research subjects, including, flies, yeast and zebrafish.

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