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The brain: less compartmentalised than expected!

What if the part of our brain that we thought was dedicated to visual information also processed other sensory information? Olivier Collignon, a neuropsychology professor, and his team conducted an investigation. The results represent a small revolution for neuroscience. For 15 years,...
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Satellite view of COVID-19 impact reveals struggling...

What’s the connection between white asparagus, soft fruit, plastic tarps, and trucks? Each had a role in recent satellite image analysis that shows a major indirect impact of COVID-19. Research by the geomatics team of Pierre Defourny, a specialist in Earth observation by...
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Science and technology

Food, drugs, and pilot reactors

The food and pharmaceutical industries continuously strive to improve the efficiency and safety of the chemical processes in manufacturing their products. To help them do so, Prof. Juray De Wilde’s team has developed a unique type of pilot reactor. The pouring rain fails to douse Prof....
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Health

Making bacteria bilingual

Like all bacteria, streptococci ‘talk’ to each other via pheromone and sensory receptor systems. Most speak only one ‘language’. What if it was possible to make them (at least) bilingual? When bacteria are stressed, they can react in different ways. They can exchange genes by...
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Health

A crack in E.coli’s wall

E.coli’s envelope is difficult to penetrate and frustrates those who try to find new antibiotics to fight the bacterium. Two of the envelope’s three layers are secured firmly by a lipoprotein, Lpp. By manipulating it, UCLouvain researchers were able to weaken E. coli. Naturally...
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