Former Danish defense minister prosecuted for leaking state secrets

Claus Hjort Frederiksen (center), then Danish Defense Minister, in Copenhagen in April 2019. CLAUS BECH / AFP This is the latest twist in a disastrous affair for the small world of Danish espionage. Friday January 14, the former Minister of Defense, the liberal Claus Hjort Frederiksen, in office from June 2016 to November 2019, confirmed … Read more

Asteroid Ryugu samples reveal their secrets

On the morning of December 6, 2020, in a desert area in southern Australia, a precious package that fell from the sky was recovered. After more than a year of travel and millions of kilometers traveled, the Japanese space agency’s Hayabusa-2 probe dropped on Earth a cargo of 5.4 grams taken from the asteroid Ryugu … Read more

Researchers unlock biogeographical secrets of deep-sea limpets

Journal Reference: Ting Xu, Yan Wang, Jin Sun, Chong Chen, Hiromi Kayama Watanabe, Junlin Chen, Pei-Yuan Qian, Jian-Wen Qiu. Hidden Historical Habitat-Linked Population Divergence and Contemporary Gene Flow of a Deep-Sea Patellogastropod Limpet. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 2021; DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msab278 The discoveries of deep-sea hydrothermal vents in the late 1970s and hydrocarbon seeps in the … Read more

Spiders’ web secrets unraveled

Journal Reference: Abel Corver, Nicholas Wilkerson, Jeremiah Miller, Andrew Gordus. Distinct movement patterns generate stages of spider web building. Current Biology, 2021; DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.09.030 Their creation of a web-building playbook or algorithm brings new understanding of how creatures with brains a fraction of the size of a human’s are able to create structures of such … Read more