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Lecture: prof. Yonathan Anson (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel)

Department of Demography and Geodemography and rganisation of Young Demographers Invite you to a lecture "The same but different: Social context of Australian mortality an analysis with reference to different forms of capital and social organisation. Lecture room “Levá rýsovna” (Albertov 6, Prague 2, 3rd floor) on Monday 20th February 2017 from 9:45 am.

Published Feb 02, 2017

Popular Science: A green parasite of two faces

The parasitic green alga Phyllosiphon infecting leaves of Araceae was described already in the 19th century and now, more than hundred years later, we seem finally begin to uncover the real diversity and a hint of life strategies of this genus. This is thanks to the work of Kateřina Procházková and her colleagues from the Department of Botany of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the Charles University.

Published Jan 17, 2017

Popular Science: Evolution of endosymbiosis in action

Endosymbiosis is a relationship between two organisms, one of whom lives in a body of the other. Commonly known examples are protozoans and bacteria in the stomach of ruminants, helping them digest cellulose, or bacteria in roots of Fabaceae (such as beans or peas), helping them fix nitrogen. Endosymbiosis is also common between unicellular organisms: in such case, one cell lives in another cell of different species. One of the most important endosymbioses took place in ancient past and as a result, almost all eukaryote cells have mitochondria (“energetic factories of the cell”) and further more green organisms have chloroplasts, intercepting energy of the light and transforming it to the type of energy suitable an organism. A completely new example of endosymbiosis was found by a team of researchers from Universities of Ostrava, České Budějovice, California and Charles University. Faculty of Science of Charles University was represented by doc. RNDr. Jan Votýpka, Ph.D.

Published Jan 17, 2017

Popular Science: Ageing is more pronounced in male face than in women

Ageing or senescence is a natural part of our lives, even though we often try to hide it. First senescence changes start to manifest on the human face as early as at the age of twenty. Knowledge of the facial ageing process can be crucial for face appearance predictions for long-term missing persons.

Published Jan 09, 2017

Popular Science: Does our immune system have the ability to fight off obesity?

Human adenoviruses are common pathogens that cause mild gastrointestinal, ocular or respiratory symptoms. Infections are commonly observed in young children. One virus from this group, Adenovirus 36, is associated with obesity and antibodies against it are more prevalent in overweight and obese individuals than in normal-weight individuals.

Published Jan 09, 2017

Popular Science: Do you want to be more attractive to delicate female noses? Take a dose of garlic!

Garlic is one of the favourite ingredients in within Euro-Asian cuisines, giving food a special pungent, spicy flavor and a bit of sweetness. It is a product also well-recognized for its medical purposes, and already Ancient Egyptians used garlic and onion regularly to promote good health. However, all the goodness brought to a human comes to the death point we try a kiss after a meal full of this ingredient. The garlic breath coming out of the mouth can be unbearable. But what about the regular body odour, mostly of the axillary origin? Every single one of us has some, and it can be perceived by the others either pleasantly or unpleasantly, depending also on person’s diet.

Published Jan 05, 2017

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