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Environment - 26.10.2023
Global warming threatens soil micro-organisms
Global warming threatens soil micro-organisms
A major international study conducted mainly at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) has revealed that the Apodera vas shell amoeba is found almost exclusively in regions originating from Gondwana, the supercontinent that gave rise to some of today's continents. The study also highlights the threat posed by global warming to the biodiversity of soil micro-organisms, of which this amoeba is one.

Chemistry - Life Sciences - 17.07.2023
The plant origins of active ingredients
The plant origins of active ingredients
Since the dawn of time, humans have used plants to heal themselves. But it wasn't until the 18th century that we began to understand that this healing power came from certain specific compounds: active ingredients. In a collective work for the general public entitled 'Plantes soignantes' (Healing plants), the contributions of two biology researchers from the University of Neuchâtel, Emmanuel Defossez and Sergio Rasmann, retrace the major stages in this quest, the potential of which remains largely unexplored .

Environment - Life Sciences - 12.06.2023
Black rhinos: horns or life!
Black rhinos: horns or life!
Pre-emptively decorating endangered black rhinos to protect them from poaching. A doctoral student in biology at the University of Neuchâtel (UniNE) has studied the impact of this measure on the animals' behavior in ten nature reserves in South Africa. Vanessa Duthé presents her analysis today in the leading scientific journal PNAS, as part of the Black Rhino Conservation Project she initiated .

Environment - Earth Sciences - 15.05.2023
Climate change: advantage to insect pests
Climate change: advantage to insect pests
Bad news for Swiss agriculture: several species of insect pests would find an advantage if the climate continues to warm up.

Research Management - 30.11.2022
Open Science: data sharing struggling
Open Science: data sharing struggling
Despite mandatory data sharing policies adopted by some scientific journals, the potential for reuse of these data remains limited. This is the finding of a meta-research on open science undertaken by Dominique Roche, postdoctoral fellow in biology at the University of Neuchâtel. Open science is a worldwide movement to make scientific research and its data transparent and accessible to all.

Psychology - 27.10.2022
The weak coherence of conspiracy texts
The weak coherence of conspiracy texts
Regardless of the topic, conspiracy texts refer to a greater number of themes and are less coherent than non-conspiracy writings. This is the result of the largest comparison ever carried out between texts supporting these theories and non-conspiracy writings, i.e. 96,000 articles analyzed in total.

Health - 12.09.2022
When innuendo is no longer heard
Ironic remarks or indirect requests are part of our everyday dialogue. But certain brain lesions can alter the grasp of the hidden meaning of these expressions. During her PhD, speech therapist Natacha Cordonier studied these disorders, from diagnosis to treatment. Exclaiming 'What a great weather! during a picnic, when the weather is rainy.

History / Archeology - 07.07.2022
Schedules and punctuality: requirements of modernity
Schedules and punctuality: requirements of modernity
If timetables and punctuality are an integral part of our society, it has not always been so. This is what Catherine Herr-Laporte, a doctoral student at the Chair in the History of Technology, has shown by studying the development of postal transport in France throughout the 18th century as part of her doctoral thesis on time and mobility.

Physics - Innovation - 27.06.2022
New miniature atomic clocks to be released soon
New miniature atomic clocks to be released soon
Coordinated by the CSEM, the large European quantum project macQsimal, included in the FET Flagship on Quantum Technologies initiative, is nearing its end and reveals very promising results.

Environment - Life Sciences - 10.10.2018
Chimpanzees, like humans, are able to improve their tools
Chimpanzees, like humans, are able to improve their tools
Chimpanzees are capable of inventing new, more efficient tools and, once they have done so, of abandoning their old tools in favour of new ones. This is what Noémie Lamon, a doctorate in biology from the University of Neuchâtel, has shown in a study conducted with researchers from the universities of Geneva (UNIGE) and St Andrews (UK), published today in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences.

Life Sciences - Veterinary - 24.02.2014
Horse deworming: targeted diagnosis at the University of Neuchâtel
Horse deworming: targeted diagnosis at the University of Neuchâtel
Intestinal worms are the most feared problem among horse owners. To prevent them, the entire herd is systematically dewormed without any preventive control.