What your phone knows about you – digital phenotyping, the future of behavioral neuroscience?

How can neuroscience, machine learning and behavioral biology come together to fix the mental health crisis? Thomas Insel told us his idea at FENS2018 in Berlin. Continue reading What your phone knows about you – digital phenotyping, the future of behavioral neuroscience?

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Why the Fairy Lights of the Ocean exist – Dinoflagellates.

Some of you might be wondering right now, “What are these outlandish things? Did the bot watch too much Star Trek?” Far from it, because what looks like a collection of space ships bringing death and demise is actually a group of microscopic unicellular organisms. These little critters are known as dinoflagellates. Their name is composed of “dinos” (which means “whirling”) and “flagellum” because they … Continue reading Why the Fairy Lights of the Ocean exist – Dinoflagellates.

Greetings from Berlin: “«Oh-Mein-Gott-Teilchen»: Kosmische Strahlung mit außergalaktischem Ursprung” (Study finds cosmic rays originate from galaxies outside the Milky Way)

Greetings from Berlin: Oh-Mein-Gott-Teilchen – The God Particle (Study finds cosmic rays originate from galaxies outside the Milky Way) We thought they cam from the center of our galaxy. Turns out, they’re coming from far, far away… How would you measure something that’s faster than the speed of light? And what’s an underground swimming pool got to do with it? Continue reading Greetings from Berlin: “«Oh-Mein-Gott-Teilchen»: Kosmische Strahlung mit außergalaktischem Ursprung” (Study finds cosmic rays originate from galaxies outside the Milky Way)

Greetings from Berlin: “Warum Hummeln im Sommer unter Linden sterben” (Why bumblebees are dying underneath the linden tree in the summer)

Why are the bumblebees dying beneath the linden trees? In the past, people have taken to understand this as a sign that the linden trees are actually poisoning the bumblebees. In an act of desperation, the trees were felled in cities. Unbeknownst to the people who had just chopped down thousands of linden trees, they’d just made the problem worse than before. What is really going on? Continue reading Greetings from Berlin: “Warum Hummeln im Sommer unter Linden sterben” (Why bumblebees are dying underneath the linden tree in the summer)

Greetings from Berlin: “Bakterien in Tumoren schwächen Chemobehandlung” (Bacteria in Tumors Potentially Weaken Chemotherapy)

It’s Thursday again! Time for an article I wrote for the German Press Agency (dpa) last summer. I put in the effort and translated the entire thing. Hope you’ll enjoy! Publication sites can be found at the bottom of the page. Rehovot (dpa) – Specific bacteria living in tumors are probably responsible for inefficient chemotherapy. Gemcitabin, a drug used to treat pancreas, bladder and breast … Continue reading Greetings from Berlin: “Bakterien in Tumoren schwächen Chemobehandlung” (Bacteria in Tumors Potentially Weaken Chemotherapy)

Greetings from Berlin: “Wie man eine Antriebsrakete NICHT landen sollte” (How not to land an orbital rocket booster)

Every Thursday, I am posting articles which I wrote for the news organizations I worked for last summer. I’m starting this off with a really short one I wrote to accompany a new video by SpaceX. Continue reading Greetings from Berlin: “Wie man eine Antriebsrakete NICHT landen sollte” (How not to land an orbital rocket booster)