WHY DO WE SLEEP?

The mystery of sleep keeps getting deeper. A recent serendipitous discovery by a group of graduate students led them to prove that jellyfish seem to sleep. It’s a pretty remarkable discovery, not least because jellyfish don’t really have brains. It calls into question very purpose of sleep, which, despite years of study, is still not understood. […]

Study investigates the presence of contaminants on drinking water

Cassiana Montagner, professor at the Institute of Chemistry and head of the Environmental Chemistry Laboratory of the University of Campinas, during FAPESP Week Nebraska-Texas. Credit: Heitor Shimizu / Agência FAPESP Brazilian and American scientists are attempting to determine emerging contaminants in the environment based on the comparison of water and sewage treatment systems in each […]

Research to help students overcome study roadblocks

Dr Louise Ainscough. Credit: University of Queensland New research is helping academics understand factors hindering students from achieving academic success in the transition from secondary school to university. The University of Queensland School of Biomedical Sciences researcher Dr Louise Ainscough identified five categories of learning hindrances experienced in the early weeks of their university course […]