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Illustrations on the topic of science, as published in Internazionale.

People feel more creative after using cannabis – they aren’t.

By Johanna Thompson

NGOs accuse glyphosate of hidden neurotoxic effects. by Amélie Poinssot

A big advance in mapping the structure of the brain
After larval fruit-flies’, more complex brains are next.

Scientists make artificial human embryos without sperm or egg through these lab-grown embryos.

by Tibi Puiu

“The” human genome was always a misnomer.

A new repository aims to capture the genetic diversity of humanity.

Attention plant killers: new research shows your plants could be silently screaming at you. by Alice Hayward

Why emotions can feel so painful  and what it means for painkillers.

by Helen Thomson

Sequencing projects will screen 200,000 newborns for disease genes.

By Jocelyn Kaiser

The dry-season malaria paradox, a bar to eradication, is solved The mosquitoes hide, and enter a state of torpor.

Has the pandemic changed our personalities? New research suggests we’re less open, agreeable and conscientious.

by Jolanta Burke

The genes of a jellyfish show how to live forever.
The problem is that it requires a complete bodily metamorphosis.

Going to a concert or painting repairs us emotionally.

Disconnecting at a concert or singing, reading a book or writing, getting lost in a museum or painting, not only serve as a way to disconnect and enjoy, but as an emotional reconstruction.

by Patricia Fernandez Martìn

Psychedelics: how they act on the brain to relieve depression.

by Clare Tweedy

People with endometriosis and PCOS wait years for a diagnosis – attitudes to women’s pain may be to blame.

By Anne-Marie Boylan, Annalise Weckesser, Sharon Dixon

Iceland targets herd immunity with controversial covid-19 strategy.
Many countries have scaled back their coronavirus restrictions, but Iceland is going further with a plan to let infections spread.

By Clare Wilson

We Accidentally Solved the Flu. Now What?

By Jacob Stern

Coming off antidepressants risks relapse, but so does staying on them.

By Clare Wilson

City-wide quantum data network in China is the largest ever built.

by Matthew Sparkes

From jet fuel to clothes, microbes can help us recycle carbon dioxide into everyday products.

by Jamin Wood, Bernardino Virdis, Shihu Hu

Group-think: what it is and how to avoid it.

by Colin Fisher

People from Mexico show stunning amount of genetic diversity.

by Lizzie Wade

Microplastics in household dust could promote antibiotic resistance Polyester and nylon seem to be common sources.

Sexual Attraction Is the Oldest Story on Earth when one cell drifts by another cell, pheromones fly.

by Ilana E. Strauss

Record $8 billion payout won’t turn back the clock on US opioid crisis.

by Clare Wilson

Brain baloney has no place in the classroom.

by Pete Etchells

Could we jump into a wormhole to save us from the world at present?

by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Rats Have Not Changed.

We Have.

Sheltering in place produced a “natural experiment” for urban wildlife.

by Sarah Zhang

Food allergies may be on the rise because babies start solids too late.
Giving babies potentially allergenic foods early on, may reduce the risk of allergies – but many parents don’t, as that conflicts with advice to breastfeed until six months.

by Clare Wilson

Some fish are still full of mercury, for a worrying reason. 

by Ed Yong

Browsing deer affect how a forest sounds.
Changes in the auditory environment as a result of herbivory, could influence how animals communicate, and may have implications for sound-based monitoring of species.

by Jeff Akst

The loneliest stars in the galaxy – certain stars have a history distinct from all the others around them.

by Marina Koren


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Human drugs are polluting the water  – and animals are swimming in it.

 by Rebecca Giggs

Schrödinger’s cat and quantum mechanics.

Natural selection may help account for Dutch height advantage.

by Carl Zimmer

Panic, depression and stress: the case against meditation.

by Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm