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What are your plans for the weekend?

“What are your plans for the weekend?” Almost every week we face this question from our friends and co-workers and we often answer with, “I don’t know yet, meet friends probably and just hang out”. Especially when you’ve just moved to Tübingen, it can be difficult to find fun activities Read more…

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Creating a ‘Humanzee’ – science or fiction?

Cross-breeding between species has long been reported for horses and donkeys, which gives rise to mules and more recently for tigers and lions (‘Liger’) and bovines and antelopes (‘Beefelo’), but is cross-breeding between great apes such as chimpanzees and humans possible? Is the link between the two species close enough? Read more…

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A Book Review

A review of Impossibility: The Limits of Science and the Science of Limits by John D. Barrow In our academic and professional lives as young scientists, we are encouraged to memorise facts and to focus on details and intricacies, so much so that our everyday lives bear little resemblance to those Read more…

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Finches

Finches What are birds? Just wind-up toys, given a tickle by the cherubic sun, off to set their clockwork tumbling? And we eat it up rhapsodic, study their ineffable blood and guts in labs, with cavernous machines of din, we eat their song with beeping and with mashing and with Read more…

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Floating

The leaves wore the sun like a dress, elegant and fitting. Their crisp outlines were recreated by the water, or perhaps a painter, intricately melding the warm autumn palate together. I let my fingers drag like tiny props off the side of the boat and watched the designs that formed, with Read more…