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The EULER telescope, installed at the Silla Observatory in Chile. © ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)

Five planets revealed after 20 years of observation

The first evidence of an exoplanet was noted in 1995. A giant planet was found in a four-day orbit around the nearby star 51...
Necrophagy: a means of survival in the Dead Sea

Necrophagy: a means of survival in the Dead Sea

Studying organic matter in sediments helps shed light on the distant past. What was the climate like? What organisms populated the Earth? What conditions...
The electroencephalogram records the electrical activity of the brain in a non-invasive way using 256 electrodes placed on the scalp. Thanks to mathematical algorithms combined with anatomical imaging, we can see what is happening in the deepest part of our brain, without having to enter it directly. © UNIGE

A gentle method to unlock the mysteries of the deep brain

The Subcortex regions of the brain are located below the cerebral cortex and completely covered by it. As they are located in the deepest...
Molecular structure of the chemical tool (on the left), blue: electron-poor, red: electron-rich, that changes color like shrimps during cooking (middle, inspiration from the fishmarket in Barcelona) to reveal physical forces inside of living cells (on the right, here endoplasmic reticulum and nuclear envelope). © UNIGE

The physical forces of cells in action

Detecting physical force is quite difficult. Imaging the physical forces that act in living cells remains one of the main mysteries of current biology....
How much confidence we have in our interpretations of other people’s emotions?

How much confidence we have in our interpretations of other people’s emotions?

Sometimes we mimic other's expressions and try to reflect their emotions. But do we interpret them correctly? And do we trust our own judgment? UNIGE scientists...
Section of a mouse brain showing in red the circuit that reinforces the behaviour, in green the circuit that reinforces the decision to continue. If the green projection is very active, the mice self-stimulate their red projection despite negative consequences. They become compulsive. © UNIGE

What happens in the brain of compulsive drug users?

Addiction is a disease that develops in stages: it starts with the initial exposure to a substance followed by a phase where consumption remains...
How the second X chromosome in females gradually becomes inactive?

How the second X chromosome in females gradually becomes inactive?

According to cell biology, men have an X chromosome whereas women have two (XX). But, how can we get around this difference? Scientists at the University of Geneva (UNIGE),...
How does our brain process emotional voices?

How does our brain process emotional voices?

A major role of sensory receptors is to help us learn about the environment around us, or about the state of our internal environment. But...
Artist’s impression of the exoplanet HAT-P-11b with its extended helium atmosphere blown away by the star, an orange dwarf star smaller, but more active, than the Sun.© Denis Bajram

An exoplanet inflated like a balloon

Helium is the second most plentiful component in the Universe. Anticipated since 2000 as extraordinary compared to other conceivable tracers of the climates of...

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