Using an external flash placed above the snake, accompanied by a high shutter speed, allowed me to freeze one of those chemosensory licks that the snake used to try to decipher its surroundings.
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Illustration syracuse

The historian of science Alexander Koyrè summarised the scientific work of the sixteenth century as a gradual understanding of the works of Archimedes.
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Alice psychedelic drugs

Alice goes on a journey during which peculiar characters tell her what to eat or drink. Then, strange things happen. Doesn't all this seem like a drug-induced psychedelic journey?
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coronavirus illustration

Let us look at the coronavirus outbreak in China. Dissemination of accurate and well-interpreted information is key in the early stages of an emerging outbreak.
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march for climate

We are indeed in an emergency. Let there be no doubt about that. But if there is one thing that is even more paralysing than not accepting the situation we are in, it is saying that our house is on fire and then calmly keep watching television.
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Science as a tool or as a protagonist?

If we want science to play a truly relevant social role, we must take the opposite path and respond with science to the questions and problems of individuals and society. We must treat is as a tool, not as the protagonist.
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dna bank

By giving away our DNA and genetic data, we are giving away the DNA and genetic data of our entire biological family. We have to think if the objective we are pursuing is worthwhile.
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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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image

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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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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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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Moon

The author shows his concern regarding space agencies' and private companies' recent interest on exploiting the Moon's resources.
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Astrochemistry studies their abundance and composition and posits potential chemical pathways that might have led to the presence of such molecules in a particular environment
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cuidados padrazos jacana

Biparental care is observed in less than 10 % of mammals and are often associated to monogamous relationships or immature offspring.
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science communicator illustration

Pere Estupinyà offers advice for young scientists who do not know how to take the leap into science communication.
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paediatrics vaccine

High vaccine coverage is encountering an unexpected obstacle. Recent evidence suggests that anti-vaccination attitudes and concerns are infecting some communities' health care workers.
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refugees

Mercedes Maestre was a republican doctor who developed exceptional activism for social reform and the right to health.
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footprint

What kind of sign is a rhinoceros footprint? It is an index, an iconic representation, and can become a symbolic image. A whole world condensed into a single footprint.
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Maternal care comprises many different types of behaviours that, perhaps most prominently, include diverse ways to feed their young.
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In late-Middle-Age Central European monasteries, nuns like Hildegard von Bingen rivaled monks in intellectual excellence.
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Illustration disseminate

What do scientists do when they explain their own or others’ research? Do they communicate do they popularise? Gemma Marfany prefers to say she disseminates knowledge...
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International Space Station dome

To avoid potential psychotic episodes, the International Space Station astronauts talk weekly to their friends and family.
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Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg and our young people remind us that we cannot keep looking the other way. Otherwise, we will be denying our sons and daughters – and ourselves, of course – the right to life.
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