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Legos and motivation

Legos and motivation

EconomicsPsychology

By Isabel de la Fuente

At my workplace, we received recently a survey to measure our engagement at work. We were asked to evaluate different aspects of our daily job, such as the work atmosphere, productivity, performance…, and each question would accumulate points for our working team. For those items in which our team scored less, we were required to […]

Cellulose conversion to starch, a promising strategy for future global food demand

Cellulose conversion to starch, a promising strategy for future global food demand

BiologyPlant biology

By Daniel Marino

Carbohydrates are molecules composed of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. They are formed of at least three atoms of carbon. Monosaccharides are the simplest carbohydrates and they cannot be hydrolyzed to smaller carbohydrates. Among the monosccharides we find glucose or fructoses which are formed of six atoms of carbon or glyceraldehyde which is composed of three […]

Life and deeds of RNA (I): William Wallace and the fate of the cell

Life and deeds of RNA (I): William Wallace and the fate of the cell

Molecular biology

By Carlos Romá-Mateo

Among all the molecules that constitute living organisms, DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is probably the most popular and certainly it deserves the “molecule of life” surname. However, its role as the keeper of the critical information needed to construct an organism would be useless without the help of a very close relative, with a strikingly similar […]

MI weekly selection #20

MI weekly selection #20

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Malaria reduced by preserving biodiversity of forests Researchers at Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo found that malaria could be kept from spreading while still preserving the biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest. The traditional view is that clearing such forests curbed the spread of the disease. Using a mathematical model, researchers found that the parasite causing […]

Flu: the H and the N

Flu: the H and the N

BiomedicineMolecular biology

By Enrique Royuela

The organism that causes flu is the influenza virus. It belongs to the family Orthomyxoviridae and they are included in Group V of the Baltimore classification, consisting in negative sense, single-stranded RNA viruses. Within this family there are three genres that are responsible for the flu: Influenza A virus, Influenza B virus and Influenza C […]