1. Mom provides. - What milk teaches us about cows and ourselves -
    Mom provides. - What milk teaches us about cows and ourselves -
    Some animals like my childhood tortoise Kunigunde, see daylight as orphans. Other species, including us humans, are dependent on our mothers. Not only do mothers give us love, care, protection, they are also our major food source. Nature makes sure to tie us together, with both the baby and the mother circulating a cocktail of hormones in their bodies that intimately links their wellbeing. It therefore does not come as a surprise that maternal separation is stressful. Studies on mice suggest
  2. "A brain divided" movie announcement
    "A brain divided" movie announcement
    Did you ever wonder why there are no high-achieving star fishes? Turns out, the nervous system made a quantum leap in animals which contained one major body axis. And while many of our internal organs are asymmetric, our brain is divided in two hemispheres, in concert with our distal body parts. While there is much speculation about the origins and utility of a divided brain, the following book is now tackling this conundrum in an entertaining and profound manner. The author is a former Oxford
  3. Waiting for Santa: Why we believe despite knowing better
    Waiting for Santa: Why we believe despite knowing better
    By Olivia Engmann We navigate our lives through a framework of assumptions. Optical, auditory and tactile illusions show us how easily our sensory faculties can be deceived. We have never seen planet Earth from space with our own eyes and yet we trust that it is spherical. We did not evolve to be the ultimate critics. We try to make sense of the world by generalizing, stereotyping and overemphasizing relevant exceptions. But what about facts we know to be false? Take, for instance, Santa
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    Becoming your parents
    - can we inherit the trauma of former generations? – by Olivia Engmann This century, the world has been through a lot. World wars, conflicts in the middle East, periods of starvation. While most of the Western world is doing better now, anxiety and depression are on the rise (1), despite increased wealth and health care. Depression risk correlates with the number of stressful events an individual had to go through (2). But is there a chance that this is heritable as well? According to

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