From the Editor: Issue 88.4 “Ancient Ink, Modern Scripts”

From the Editor: Issue 88.4 “Ancient Ink, Modern Scripts”

🕔19:24, 16.Nov 2015

Here at the Yale Scientific Magazine, we write about science because it inspires us. Some of the biggest responsibilities in science fall to our smallest molecules. Miniscule proteins called ubiquitin ligases are tasked with identifying and attacking deviant cancer cells

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Who’s on First?

Who’s on First?

🕔19:08, 16.Nov 2015

Syntax is hard-wired in the brain. Steven Frankland shows that distinct groups of neurons encode answers to the question, “who did it?” and, “to whom was it done?”

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Phase Shifters: Scientists design proteins for targeted drug delivery

Phase Shifters: Scientists design proteins for targeted drug delivery

🕔18:42, 16.Nov 2015

Scientists are working towards better methods of drug delivery for diseases that attack the brain.

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Revai Startup Prolongs Viability of Intestines for Transplant

Revai Startup Prolongs Viability of Intestines for Transplant

🕔19:39, 10.Nov 2015

An organ transplant comes with a slew of complications, but perhaps the problem most overlooked is preserving the tissue once it is removed from the donor. Current means of storing intestines before they are transplanted involve simply a container filled

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Groundbreaking Navigation Technology for Visually Impaired: Yale engineer’s collaboration with theater company yields innovative device

Groundbreaking Navigation Technology for Visually Impaired: Yale engineer’s collaboration with theater company yields innovative device

🕔19:32, 10.Nov 2015

Despite its small size and simple appearance, Animotus is simultaneously a feat of engineering, a work of art, and a potentially transformative community service project. Adam Spiers, a postdoctoral researcher in Yale University’s department of mechanical engineering, has developed a

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Mosquitoes Resistant to Malaria: Scientists investigate the innate immune response in Anopheles gambiae

Mosquitoes Resistant to Malaria: Scientists investigate the innate immune response in Anopheles gambiae

🕔19:23, 10.Nov 2015

Anopheles gambiae is professor Richard Baxter’s insect of interest, and it is easy to see why: The mosquito species found in sub-Saharan Africa excels at transmitting malaria, one of the deadliest infectious diseases. “[Malaria] is a scourge of the developing

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Lupus-causing Agent Shows Potential for Cancer Treatment

Lupus-causing Agent Shows Potential for Cancer Treatment

🕔19:12, 10.Nov 2015

Some of the world’s deadliest diseases manifest when the body begins to betray itself. In cancer, mutated cells proliferate and overrun normal ones. Lupus, an autoimmune disease, occurs when the body’s immune system begins to attack its own cells. But

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Solving a Geophysical Puzzle: The softness of the lithosphere

Solving a Geophysical Puzzle: The softness of the lithosphere

🕔19:03, 10.Nov 2015

As a student 40 years ago, Shun-ichiro Karato learned of the physical principles governing grain boundaries in rocks, or the defects that occur within mineral structures. Now, as a Yale professor, he has applied these same concepts to a baffling

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Modern Hunter-Gatherers Reveal Strategies for Adaptive Energy Use

Modern Hunter-Gatherers Reveal Strategies for Adaptive Energy Use

🕔18:51, 10.Nov 2015

The World Health Organization attributes obesity in developed countries to decreases in exercise and energy expenditure relative to our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Where they led active lifestyles, ours are mostly sedentary. In recent research, Yale professor Brian Wood examined total energy

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Banned Weight-Loss Drug Repurposed for Diabetes

Banned Weight-Loss Drug Repurposed for Diabetes

🕔18:37, 10.Nov 2015

The molecule behind a weight-loss pill banned in 1938 is making a comeback. Professor Gerald Shulman and his research team have made strides to reintroduce 2,4 dinitrophenol (DNP), a once toxic weight-loss molecule, as a potential new treatment for type

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