Frontier science matters

Featuring topics related to frontier life science research that go beyond the research supported directly by HFSP. See also ...

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Insect jumping, an ancient question

By former HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellow Gregory Sutton

The acrobatic leaps of insects have fascinated both storytellers and scientists for the scope of human history.  Aristophanes wrote in amazement about how far fleas could jump [Ref. 1], suggesting that their jump distance be measured in ‘flea feet’, and compared to the ‘human feet’ of man’s leaps.  Hans Christian Anderson likewise marvelled at jumping insects, writing a cautionary tale of a contest between a flea, a grasshopper, and a tuna. In his tale,...

The New Wave of Marine Biology

Marine biology in the new era

The frontiers of science are by definition continually shifting. Areas once considered at the forefront of biology may be considered mainstream only a few years later. As HFSP has the support of frontier science at the core of its mission, it must be open to emerging fields. In HFSP’s programs we are seeing increasing interest from scientists studying marine organisms. What are the opportunities for the discovery of new fundamental biological processes in this vast area? Here, Gabriele...