Are viruses alive?

The scientific community agrees that viruses are not alive. However, the idea sparks some debate because it depends on how we define life.

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ageing

Why do we age?

Ageing occurs because we divest energy from ourselves and into reproduction, so we have less available to survive.

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Valenciolenda fadaforesta

The underground world, a source of biodiversity

The description of the «Valencian wood fairy» or Valenciolenda fadaforesta (Hoch & Sendra), a new species and genus, was recently published.

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The perfect couple

Humans, unlike some animals, do not base their mating choices exclusively on genetics. There are many cultural and social determinants.

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What’s wrong, are you feeling unwell?

Sickness behaviours are far from being exclusive to humans; they have been found in virtually all animals in which they have been studied.

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Capsaicin mon amour

Some mammals experience a feeling of soft pain when tasting fruits with capsaicin. This mutation has survived with the evolution of mammals.

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ageing

«Understanding the discourse of aging», edited by Vicent Salvador and Agnese Sampietro

Understanding the discourse of aging analyses different perspectives on ageing in the media and mass culture.

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Why can we not see colours at night?

Human eyes cannot perceive colours at night because cones, responsible for colour perception, are only activated under intense light conditions.

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A picture of Lamarck

In Lamarck's revolutionary work, only his failed attempt to elaborate a coherent theory of the evolutionary process has remained in popular teaching.

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We are a ‘trencadís’

We have all inherited DNA sequences from forgotten ancient ancestors

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