SAS professor Peter Jones has just published his monograph, Laughter and Power in the Twelfth Century, at Oxford University Press. The book offers a new angle on the contested “twelfth-century renaissance,” arguing that techniques of humour helped to steer governments through the major cultural, political, and legal changes of c.1100-1200.
A team of Russian researchers from Tyumen State University together with foreign colleagues studied the cases of plant extinction in world biodiversity hotspots and coldspots. The study covered about 15% of the Earth’s surface and included the data collected over the past 300 years. The reasons for plant extinction were different in the regions with different biodiversity level. The results of the study were published in the Current Biology journal.
A team of scientists from Tyumen together with colleagues found and described previously unknown tapeworm proteins that suppress the activity of trypsin and efficiently protect the parasites from being digested inside a host’s intestinal tract. The analogs of these proteins are found in many other living organisms and were described in some other parasite worms. The results of the study were published in the Molecular & Biochemical Parasitology journal.