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Every organism shows the same ten life phenomena. Biologist Cees Mulder takes you to the wonderful world of one life phenomenon every other week. This week 'shedding' the life phenomenon. After gas exchange and feeding, this life phenomenon is a logical third. Because whoever absorbs gas and nutrients must also excrete substances.

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As editors we strive to be the most reliable news site in the Netherlands. We adhere to important rules. As a Scientias reader you can send a question to the editors. Below we have bundled the most important questions. How does Scientias.nl get news? Every day we check the latest scientific papers that are published in renowned professional journals such as Science, Nature and The Astrophysical Journal.

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Scientists are progressive, but still unable to make us look into the future. What awaits us all in the new year. No idea. To have a bit of a hold, an overview of scientific highlights that we - with a little perseverance and a lot of luck - will have to experience next year.

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Observe. Don't we do that with our senses? Wrong thought! We observe with the whole of our brain. So when we hear something, our visual lobe also becomes active. And when we taste something, what we see and hear affects the taste. A new book reveals the interaction between our senses and the brain.

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The lake has changed dramatically in the last ten years. This is according to research by scientists from the University of Alberta. Their study revolves around Lake Hazen. This lake is located high in Canada, on Ellesmere island. The area has warmed up considerably in the last decade, with the temperature a number of summers in a row even 1 degree Celsius higher than normal.

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What went through executioners when they burned or hung murderers alive? What did they think when they scourged thieves? We do not know. But a new book outlines more clarity on the basis of the diary of a seventeenth-century executioner. And guess what? Executives are just like people. Diary of an executioner gives us an intriguing look into the life of a professional group that we all know from history books, but at the same time we know very little about.

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In his last column on Scientias.nl, Cees Mulder treats a misconception for the last time: the fable called 'the tongue card'. We have received a lot of new biological knowledge during the past school year. For example, we now know that you cannot conceive because of pre-moisture, and that the body prefers meat rather than vegetables.

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Still looking for a nice Sinterklaas gift that is scientifically justified and stimulates the mind? We still have some suggestions! December is the month of the presents. In the shoes, under the Christmas tree: at some point you might not know what to give. That is why we list a few gift tips for different target groups.

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Fossils are constantly cited as evidence for the theory of evolution. But in the eyes of Charles Darwin they were also a challenge to his theory. Because why are so few transitional forms that illustrate the slow and even functioning of natural selection discovered? Darwin solved that issue by stating that the fossil record is incomplete.

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Anyone who googles today will come across a special doodle: one of the mobiles of artist Alexander Calder. Calder was born in America exactly 113 years ago. He grew into an important sculptor with a special view of the sculpture coast. Movement Anyone who thinks about sculpture thinks about static images.

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A goldfish is a freshwater fish. Like all freshwater fish, a goldfish cannot survive in saltwater. This is not entirely true. A goldfish does not die immediately when released into the sea. There are even goldfish owners who put their goldfish in a bowl of salt water when they are sick.

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Musicians do what scientists cannot do: they give Alzheimer patients their consciousness back for a moment. Mrs. Van Dalen did not know where she was anymore. Her neighbor didn't know either. Together they were always in the hallway. Mrs. Van Dalen was waiting for her husband. Her neighbor on the bus. Both never came.

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We cannot see dark matter, but it is in the universe. To get a good picture of this special thing, an international team of astronomers has made a map showing the distribution of dark matter. What is dark matter? Dark matter is invisible matter.

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The working week is over. High time for an overview of the most remarkable science news of this week. A heart for the people who pride themselves on sustainability: research shows that the wind farm in the North Sea does not hinder the animals there at all. In fact, the park is good for the fauna.

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The mighty wisent: since the beginning of last month you can also come across it 'in the wild' in the Netherlands. After five years of scientific research, scientists have to conclude that the Netherlands is ready for the wisent. Let's hope that the big cow thinks so too… Did you ever come face to face with a wisent during a Sunday walk in the woods?

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In August 2012, the world of conservationists was surprised by big news! A team of scientists from the IUCN had for the first time succeeded in chipping two young snow leopards in the Pamir Mountains in northeastern Afghanistan. A country like Afghanistan is not directly associated with animals such as snow leopards.

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The tomato: tasty, but also the subject of fables and deception. Fortunately columnist Cees Mulder likes to do something about it. The tomato is one for me. The red jackpot among the fruits, a symbol of protest, a protagonist in an annual Spanish fight with over 40,000 people. But also subject to court rulings, fables, deception and biological confusion.

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