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 farmers actually represented a mixture of Ice Age hunter-gatherer groups, spread from the Near East all the way to south-eastern Europe. Researchers from the University of Bern and the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics as well as from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mai...
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...
Islam and society
Transnational influences losing importance in Muslim communities
Transnational networks such as the Muslim Brotherhood, which was founded in Egypt, and the Islamic World League, which is financed by Saudi Arabia, have played an im-portant role i...
Biodiversity: using artificial intelligence to better identify areas to protect
Can more species be saved from extinction by using artificial intelligence? A team of researchers, led by SIB Group Leader Daniele Silvestro of the University of Fribourg and Unive...
Islam and society
1.3 million Swiss francs to promote «diversity and orientation»
The Mercator Foundation Switzerland is funding a new four-year project of the Schweizerisches Zentrum für Islam und Gesellschaft (Swiss centre for Islam and society SZIG) at the Un...
1.5 million Swiss francs for cryospheric research in Central Asia
While glaciers are shrinking worldwide, those in the Pamir Mountains in Central Asia show less change. They and the other components of the cryosphere (snow and permafrost) are key...
Strong idea earns researchers EU funding
Researchers from the University of Fribourg?s Adolphe Merkle Institute have been awarded a highly competitive European Pathfinder grant, worth a total of ?3 million, to develop nov...
Extreme political circles, fertile ground for conspiracy theories
The results of two international surveys of more than 100,000 participants across 26 countries show a correlation between belief in conspiracies and identification with the extreme...
Gut bacteria linked to infant sleep patterns
A study led by the universities of Fribourg and Zurich and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation shows that the link between sleep behaviour and intestinal flora is alre...
Swapping spit helps ants share metabolic labour
New findings from University of Fribourg show how fluids passed mouth-to-mouth in a colony of ants allow them to divide and share metabolic labour and adapt to the colony's needs.