How turtles help to trace evolutionary changes
Ever since Darwin, we know that as a consequence of evolutional adaptation, species may change their appearances and body functions as the environment changes. A common question of evolutionary biologists is if the body shape can be directly linked to a specific ecological trait, like diet. In a new study published in the journal Evolution, Guilherme Hermanson and his team of the University of Fribourg studied the environmental influences that ac...
Worse than 2003: Swiss glaciers are melting more than ever
2022 was a disastrous year for Swiss glaciers: all ice melt records were smashed by the great
dearth of snow in winter and continuous heatwaves in summer. More than 6 percent of t...
Islam and Society
Customised continuing education for imams
Imams play an important role as bridge builders between the mosque and society. With its customised continuing education programs, the MOGA project aims to offer targeted support t...
Breast Cancer: Major Discovery for Treating Cerebral Complications
A late complication of breast cancer, brain metastases significantly reduce life expectancy of women suffering from the disease. Thanks to a new preclinical model, scientists at...
Alien species: unloved but not necessarily harmful
Alien (that is, nonnative or exotic) plant and animal species are frequently deemed harmful to local biodiversity by conservationists. But viewing all alien species as harmful woul...
Fewer animal experiments thanks to artificial models
How can methods and tools be developed to ensure that the number of animal experiments and the number of animals used in research are significantly reduced? A research team from th...
Global warming is causing new rivers to form on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet.
By using more than 25,000 satellite images, Andrew Tedstone and Horst Machguth, two researchers from the University of Fribourg, were able to observe that the runoff of water from...
Politics and society
Elections influence social norms
The results of a recent study involving a researcher from the University of Fribourg have shown that elections can change people's perceptions of what is ethically right and wrong...
The genetic origins of the world's first farmers clarified
The genetic origins of the first agriculturalists in the Neolithic period long seemed to lie in the Near East. A new study published in the journal Cell shows that the first farmer...
New director for the Adolphe Merkle Institute
In agreement with the University of Fribourg, the board of the Adolphe Merkle Foundation has appointed Prof. Ullrich Steiner as the new director of the Adolphe Merkle Institute. He...