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2013-07-29 16:38:52

91 percent of on average 20-year-old Swiss men drink alcohol, almost half of whom drink six beverages or more in a row and are thus at-risk consumers.

Homing Pigeons Fly Home Using Mental Map
2013-07-25 11:18:13

Homing pigeons fly off from an unknown place in unfamiliar territory and still manage to find their way home.

Microchips Imitate Brain's Information Processing In Real Time
2013-07-24 05:13:19

Researchers from the US, Germany and Switzerland are now one step closer to developing an artificial brain, creating microchips that mimic the way the human mind processes information.

Sexual Reproduction Second Choice For Powdery Mildew
2013-07-15 12:33:46

Powdery mildew is one of the most dreaded plant diseases: The parasitic fungus afflicts crops such as wheat and barley and is responsible for large harvest shortfalls every year.

2013-06-25 13:31:58

Various areas of the brain process our sensory experiences.

Borneo's Trees Flower At The Same Time Because Of Drought
2013-05-22 14:06:12

Tropical plants flower at supra-annual irregular intervals. In addition, mass flowering is typical for the tropical forests in Borneo and elsewhere, where hundreds of different plant timber species from the Dipterocarpaceae family flower synchronously.

90 Percent Of Changes In Vegetation Explained By Looking At The World
2013-04-16 10:23:33

The climate governs the seasonal activity of vegetation; humankind influences it. In the humid mid-latitudes, temperature is the largest influencing factor for plant growth.

2013-03-11 14:56:39

Protein activity is strictly regulated.

Climate Changes After Mass Extinction Modeled By Researchers
2012-12-22 07:09:20

While it has long been assumed plant and animal life took a long time to recover following the largest mass extinction to date, researchers from the University of Zurich have discovered new evidence to suggest they may have bounced back sooner than previously believed.

Shedding Light On Anderson Theory
2012-12-20 15:37:51

University of Zurich Waves do not spread in a disordered medium if there is less than one wavelength between two defects. Physicists from the universities of Zurich and Constance have now proved Nobel Prize winner Philip W. Anderson´s theory directly for the first time using the diffusion of light in a cloudy medium. Light cannot spread in a straight line in a cloudy medium like milk because the many droplets of fat divert the light as defects. If the disorder — the...


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inwit
  • Inward knowledge; understanding; conscience.
The word 'inwit' comes from Middle English inwit ("mind, reason, intellect, understanding; soul, spirit; feeling; the collection of inner faculties; one of five inner faculties; one of the outer bodily senses.; inward awareness of right or wrong, conscience"), from Old English *inwitt, inġewitnes ("consciousness, conscience, knowledge, knowing"), equivalent to in- +‎ wit. (Wiktionary)
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