Some of us may have been feeling rather low on energy recently. How’s this for an answer! Some mammals who don’t hibernate have a strange ability to shrink their brains as winter approaches to save energy and survive tougher conditions. Their brains return to normal in Summer. However, according to [yet another] expert at the Max Planck Institute this only applies to shrews; and he has only tested 12 of them. Still, you never know what the future may bring. Meanwhile we shall just try to keep our brains active by continuing with our conversations and studies in our German groups. By the way both groups have new members who are very welcome, but now we are full!