Optimal Leaps in Optimizing Fat Burn: Improving Our Diet and Health Routines With a Coin-Size Sensor

Think your diet and workout routine are burning fat? You might want to check again. Researchers at ETH Zurich and the University Hospital Zurich have developed an affordable, portable and reliable breath sensor to test rates of fat burning during and following exercise.

When the Weakest Survive: How weak competitors provide resilience to climate change

Survival of the fittest isn’t the end of the story. New research by Yale scientists shows that weak species are able to grow with stronger species, and the presence of weak species may help ecosystems respond to climate change.

Guide to the Galaxy: A SAGA: Neighboring galaxies provide clues to the nature of the universe

The Milky Way Galaxy has long been studied as a model for other galaxies in the universe. However, Yale professor Marla Geha is part of a collaboration exploring just how different the Milky Way might actually be.

Brilliant Bacteria: Programming Bacteria to Make Materials

Researchers at Duke have used synthetic biology techniques to engineer bacteria to produce a protein capable of constructing an electronic pressure sensor when supplemented with gold nanoparticles. With a variety of future applications, this technology will diversify how we use microorganisms in biophysical systems.

Pesticides, Honey, and Dead Bees: Global honey contamination with neonicotinoids

A team of researchers from University and Botanical Garden of Neuchâtel constructed a global map of honey exposure to a class of pesticides termed “neonics,” showing that 75% of all samples were contaminated with the pesticides.

Timing Your Thoughts

A study published in PNAS in August 2017 showed how the mistiming of someone’s thoughts may be linked to a person’s tendency to hold delusional thoughts.

Making the most of twists and turns: Harvesting mechanical energy with carbon nanotube yarns

American and South Korean scientists have developed carbon nanotube yarns that convert twisting and stretching motions into electrical signals. The applications range from wearable sensors to harnessing the energy of ocean waves.

How Genes Affect Your Flu Vaccines

A national study has confirmed a genetic link to our bodies’ responses to the flu vaccine. Yale Associate Professor of Medicine Ruth Montgomery explains the significance of this discovery to the future of vaccination.

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