A Decade of Weekend Science: The 10th anniversary of Science on Saturdays

A Decade of Weekend Science: The 10th anniversary of Science on Saturdays

March marked the 10th anniversary of a Yale program that exposes young students to science. For the past decade, Science on Saturdays has featured exciting demos and renowned science experts as guest speakers.

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From the Editor: Issue 88.3 “How to Hibernate”

From the Editor: Issue 88.3 “How to Hibernate”

Earlier this year, a photo of a Roman Originals dress was posted on Tumblr. Some looked at the picture and saw a garment of white and gold. Others swore that the dress was black and blue. The controversy quickly inspired

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Unraveling the Mysteries of Genetic Evolution: How promoter mutations may factor in

Unraveling the Mysteries of Genetic Evolution: How promoter mutations may factor in

Evolution as we know it is driven by mutations in genes. But researchers at Yale were curious about what surrounds a gene. That is, how does a whole gene network evolve?

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Salmonella enterica Forego the Flagella: Yale researchers find new moves in bacterial choreography

Salmonella enterica Forego the Flagella: Yale researchers find new moves in bacterial choreography

New Yale research reveals how Salmonella bacteria move when flagella are of no use, adding dimensions to our understanding of bacterial choreography.

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How Stars Form: Collaborative research studies stars from their early days

How Stars Form: Collaborative research studies stars from their early days

The youngest star system ever observed has given astronomers an ideal opportunity to study star formation from the early days.

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The Brains Behind Building a Brain

The Brains Behind Building a Brain

The nervous system is built on a tight schedule. Scientists investigated this neurological clock in zebrafish, bringing us closer to a complete picture of brain development.

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How to Hibernate: The neuron’s secret to staying warm in the cold

How to Hibernate: The neuron’s secret to staying warm in the cold

Through months of a squirrel’s cold slumber, neurons generate their own heat to keep functioning. Our cover story explains this feat of the nervous system and explores what it might mean for humans.

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Diagnosis at Your Fingertips: Using smartphones to screen for syphilis and HIV

Diagnosis at Your Fingertips: Using smartphones to screen for syphilis and HIV

Biomedical researchers at Columbia University have developed a convenient, easy-to-use, and relatively inexpensive smartphone attachment that could revolutionize HIV and syphilis detection for previously unscreened populations.

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Paper vs. Plastic: The science behind the national shopping controversy

Paper vs. Plastic: The science behind the national shopping controversy

While the country debates which kind of bag is safest for the environment — paper, or plastic — a more holistic and quantitative technique can help inform policy decisions.

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The Evolution of the Violin’s Sound

The Evolution of the Violin’s Sound

A study conducted by mechanical engineers at MIT probes for answers at the intersection of music and science: what features optimize a violin’s sound? The researchers go further than scientific analysis, suggesting that changes to violinmaking occurred through a process similar to evolution.

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