Author Archive: Adrien

A double edged sunscreen

  Biological soil crusts are unique ecosystems in arid landscapes (whether cold or hot ones) or can be colonisers of habitats disturbed by climatic catastrophes or humans. Recently, a team of scientists examined the capacity of a type of biological crust to produce a kind of sunblock but it seems that this molecule comes with its own harmful costs…

Terrorists – could they just be nuts?

At Sci&Fi, we seldom comment on current affairs, mostly because it is not our place to do so. However, sometimes research can enlighten and inform wider, and often political, debates. In a recent article, two psychiatrists asked: is it possible that the terrorists, notably from ISIS (a.k.a Daech), are just pathologically ill people? And we felt that a more psychiatric…
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A 3.4 billion-year-old snapshot – Fossil Friday

There are amazing things to learn in the world of palaentology and archaeology and then there is this. Things that just blow it off. Indeed, in this week’s Fossil Friday we’ll be discussing about a 3.4 billion-year-old fossil. One that dates back to the times when Life appeared on Earth. And we’re not talking about some old finding, no, no,…
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The newest addition to our family – Fossil Friday

It is quite rare that we can add a new member to the Homo family, but it is what happened last year. Homo naledi, a long lost cousin of our species, has been added to the already complex family tree of the genus Homo. At Sci&Fi, we just wished these other humans were still alive, it would be such a…
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Happy New Year 2016

Hey everybody, we hope you all enjoyed the festive season fully. In 2016, Sci&Fi is coming back to bring you your dose of Science in various formats. Sci&Fi is still young and is an experimental ground, hence it is possible that various new contents appear or older ones disappear. Whatever it may be, Sci&Fi needs your support and your comments…
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Ancestral hair – Fossil Friday

Here is the Spinolestes xenarthrosus, or the fur ball as it has been nicknamed by the media. But it does not do it justice because this early mammal is the oldest evidence for a lot of features. While it is hard to appreciate it in this photo, it contained one of the basic elements that constitute modern mammals, hairs. Indeed,…
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Some true love birds

We think we have found some of the cutest couples there exist out there. These little guys would rather not eat than move away from their mate and would go at great length to just be with them. True romance in the animal kingdom 🙂

Unnoticeable cooperation – Fossil Friday

There are discoveries that await to be made. In 2012, an astonishing discovery was made on a 453 to 458 Million years old slab of rock that had been sitting in a museum for already over a century. It was discovered that a colony of a species of prehistoric plankton was full of connections between the individual living spaces.  A…
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Nutella, good or evil – examining the controversy

You may have never heard the controversy around Nutella that raged earlier in 2015. Everybody got emotional, the Italian officials were offended (Ferrero the company that makes Nutella is an Italian pride) and it ended up being a battle between who will never let go Nutella and advocates from various  horizons. At Sci&Fi we shook our head in dismay –…
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Fuuusion

And that is it, both versions of Sci&Fi on a single website! You may have noticed it as well, all the dates of the posts prior to this one are all the same, that is because we have moved servers! We have fused all of our content on this single website which is now available in French and English! We…
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