Is It Possible to Learn without a Brain?
Certain animals have no need of a brain for learning things. This is the surprising discovery that Prof. Simon Sprecher of the University of Fribourg has laid out in a recently published study. With his team, the biologist was able to teach sea anemones to adapt their behavior based on past experiences.
A Better Model for Understanding Ovarian Cancer
Unfortunately ovarian and peritoneal cancers are often diagnosed at a stage that is already quite advanced. This greatly reduces the chances of survival for patients battling such...
The University of Fribourg Joins the Swiss Biobanking Platform
The collection, storage, management and use of material of human origin used in clinical research is subject to strict regulation and ethical authorisation. The Swiss Biobanking Pl...
Extreme dwarfs and giants more likely to go extinct
Islands are biodiversity hotspots and home to animal species with unique features, including dwarfs that evolved to very small sizes compared to their mainland relatives, and giant...
A robotic worm
Researchers at the Adolphe Merkle Institute and Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, USA) have developed a soft, worm-like robot that can wriggle itself through tiny spaces,...
Researchers call for better nanowaste management
Waste containing nanomaterials ? or nanowaste ? is an emerging safety concern worldwide, requiring environmentally sound management and regulation that still need to be established...
Can Netflix keep you awake at night?
Binge-watching suspenseful TV series with cliffhangers before sleep has only minor effects on sleep. This has been shown by researchers from the University of Fribourg. The study s...
Human activity, the driving force of destruction in the Amazon.
In a matter of decades, human activity has had a greater impact on the Amazon?s ecosystems than millions of years of natural evolution. That is the conclusion reached in a study re...
Bioinspired Nanosensors for Cancer Detection
For several cancers, detection at an early stage translates into more effective treatments and a better survival rate. Scientists at the University of Fribourg have developed bioin...
Supporting an urgent call to protect Madagascar's biodiversity with AI
A major review of Madagascar's unique biodiversity has just taken place, involving over 50 organisations worldwide. Madagascar is one of the world's foremost biodiversity hotspots...