octopus intelligence carazo

Understanding what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom is an old obsession of ours. The most frequent attribute we rely on to justify our supposed superiority is intelligence. Yet, how are we to compare the intelligence of species as different as humans, octopi or dolphins?
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But it is one thing to be aware of the annual astronomical cycle and another to discover the mechanisms of life. We don't know for sure what, but something happened about 40,000 years ago in what is now Europe.
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retractions

Retraction is a compulsory literary genre: it is only written by one who has no other choice, and it does not pursue fame. Except for a few media cases, retractions go unnoticed by the public. What makes for hot news?
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still from the martian

Space exploration will require life support systems, in which plants can provide nutrients, oxygen, moisture, and psychological well-being and eliminate wastes.
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resistant crops tomato

The new biotechnological approaches to the design of resistant crops will allow us to cut agricultural losses and reduce chemical inputs.
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corn field

Biotechnological tools such as gene editing or synthetic biology will contribute to increase agricultural production in a sustainable way.
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millora genètica plantes

Twenty-first-century agriculture faces major challenges that urgently need to be answered. In the last decade, new breeding technologies have been developed that can help meet these challenges.
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plant genes editing

The introduction of CRISPR/Cas gene-editing technology has provided a new approach to crop improvement and offers possibilities for obtaining varieties.
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separador jose saborit

This monograph analyses the possibility of cultivating plants outside our planet Earth; presents advances in genome editing such as those that have allowed my laboratory to obtain seedless tomatoes; assesses strategies that should lead to more plentiful harvests using fewer resources; and explains biotechnological strategies to strengthen plants’ immune systems or to use them as biofactories in which we can harvest molecules of health or nutrition interest. Will that be enough? Will we make it in time?
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big data Microbiome selfie

A heated debate exists on the subject of Big Data. What can be expected and what not from them? Do data speak for themselves?
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Text - food and population increase

These are just a few examples of how an increase in the generation of energy and food, per se, might not address the needs of the population which is in fact still growing.
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microplastics article

Microplastics constitute one of the main challenges facing environmental and conservation policy agendas.
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nature in the city

Integrating nature into the city is still a pending matter: the presence of trees in our urban environment still has much room for improvement.
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The contents of issue 103 of Mètode are devoted to the evolutionary scenarios to decode biodiversity.
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daisy cancer plants

Exploring the diversity of ways in which different organisms cope with it can lend us novel insights on the biodiversity that surrounds us.
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literary journeys moon

Centuries before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon, several fictional characters had already set foot on it. In the absence of any real means to do so, literature made the journey easier.
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Elizabeth Rasekoala, chemical engineer and president of African Gong, has been awarded for her fight for diversity, sociocultural, and gender inclusion, in science learning, practice, and communication in Africa.
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Resistencia a antibióticos

The evolution of antibiotic resistance is probably the most spectacular example of evolution of a biological system innovation that we have had the opportunity to observe in real time.
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university students climate change communication

Researcher Max Boykoff has just published the book Creative (Climate) Communications. In this text, he offers some key ideas he discusses in depth in his new publication.
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Mileva Maric and Albert Einstein

It is currently widely believed that Einstein’s first wife, Mileva Marić, made significant contributions to his scientific work. But, is there good evidence that Mileva Marić was Einstein’s secret collaborator?
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miasma illustration large

The miasmas – a frightening name concealing a solid lack of knowledge – were supposed vapours carrying particles of «corrupted matter» that caused infectious diseases.
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Baobabs have to face the loss of habitats due to agriculture, water scarcity, disease, and the disappearance of seed disseminators.
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frogs biodiversity chernobyl

Three decades after the Chernobyl accident, the biodiversity of the area has completely recovered. The mechanisms that allow organisms to live in this area are still the subject of study and controversy.
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Atlas V rocket

The first object in the Kuiper belt visited by New Horizons after leaving Pluto was provisionally named Ultima Thule and has recently been renamed Arrokoth.
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