Roberta Batorsky


Roberta Batorsky is a science writer for The Munich Eye.
Role: Journalist, Health
No. of articles: 12
Email: roberta.batorsky@themunicheye.com




How interfering with your vision can shatter your recall of the way things look

How do we recall our stored knowledge of the physical properties of objects? Do we "see" things all over again when asked simple questions about the...

Scientists Explain Why Snails Have A Twisted Shell

Snails, as some other gastropods, have coiled shells, Dpp protein seems to be the clue
Molecules called morphogens control the shapes of organisms. One morphogen, Dpp, makes most snail shells coil to the right as described in a recent...

A single gene for claustrophobia?

Source: Wikipedia.
Do you panic when you are in a small space? Do you sweat, or shake; does your heart pound? A study in the March issue of Translational Psychiatry...

Gut Bacteria: A 100 Trillion Guests?

Source: morguefile.com
New research shows that our body chooses which microorganism can live in our gut. The human gastrointestinal (GI) tract is home to about 100 trillion...

Chicken research: A new deadly viral strain, and a new weapon against cancer.

chickens
Two recent articles on chickens report some amazing and unexpected results. First, in a study published online on July 10 in Proceedings of the...

Dino stories from LMU Munich, part II

Tyrannosaurus rex is part of the carnivorous groups of dinosaurs that, according to new research, maintained a stable level of biodiversity leading up to the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous.(AMNH/J. Brougham)
Traditionally, conclusions about why dinosaurs went extinct at the end of the Cretaceous Period (65.5 million years ago) were based on raw fossil...

The same hormone could be responsible for love and aggression

In our day-to-day lives we are called upon to make instantaneous "engage or avoid", snap judgments when encountering new people; these judgments may...

Nuts and Guts For A Long And Healthy Live

Three recent studies look at gut microbiota, the Mediterranean diet and nuts and their effects on health and lifespan Put your gut microbes on a diet...

New genetic test predicts asthma risk

DNA fingerprint (Credit: flaivoloka/stock.xchng)
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that affects over four million people in Germany. During an asthma attack, typically triggered...

Sweet memories

What do we have in common with the common fruit file? If you guessed dopamine reward neurons, you are correct! An international team of...

While you were sleeping

Sleep
Improving your memory, learning that new tune you just heard or coming up with a new idea. These are just some of the things your brain can do while...

Munich researchers dig out some new dinosaur stories

Sciurumimus  under UV light. Photo credits: Helmut Tischlinger
To begin with, we have a new species of a feathered dinosaur unearthed from Painten, Bavaria. Previous fossils from predatory feathered dinosaurs,...