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Chronobiology on stage

Scientists not only spend time in their laboratories; sometimes they climb the famous TED(x) stage to tell the world about their discoveries. Fortunately, researchers in the field of biological rhythms are no exception! Watching them talk about the latest research in their field is a great way to spend a lazy afternoon and soak up […]

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We’re all sensitive to light at night, but some are much, much more sensitive than others

  Humans evolved in an environment with only very bright (sun) or very dim (moon or fire) sources of light. Today, artificial lighting enables us to spend hours per day at intermediate light levels. Our recent study shows that the response of the circadian system (the ‘body clock’) to light across this intermediate range is […]

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The birth of chronobiology: a botanical observation

In 1729, Jean-Jacques d’Ortus de Mairan (1678-1771) laid the foundations of modern chronobiology. A French interdisciplinary researcher, he designed an experiment that demonstrated the existence of a circadian rhythm in plants, potentially deriving from an endogenous clock. These observations and experiments led to the development of chronobiology. This research, performed by de Mairan and presented […]

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