Fluid-Screen: A Promising Yale Nanotechnology Startup

Fluid-Screen: A Promising Yale Nanotechnology Startup

A project that began in a Yale classroom has since grown into a thriving and ambitious startup that promises to revolutionize the nanotechnology industry and change how we test potentially contaminated water. Monika Weber, an Electrical Engineering Ph.D. candidate, founded

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Gender Bender: Genetically Modifying Mosquito Sex

Gender Bender: Genetically Modifying Mosquito Sex

For many years, gene editing has been hailed as the future of medicine. As the genetic basis of disease becomes clearer, researchers continue to discover more ways to alter the genome and prevent or cure diseases. Recently, a new gene

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Thought-Controlled Bionic Limbs: Restoring Mobility to Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries

Thought-Controlled Bionic Limbs: Restoring Mobility to Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries

In the United States, approximately 12,000 people become paralyzed each year due to spinal cord injuries. What if we had the technologies to help paraplegics and quadriplegics walk again—for instance, bionic limbs and exoskeletons controlled solely by thoughts? While these

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Q&A: Is your data safe from the government?

Q&A: Is your data safe from the government?

Since the December San Bernardino shooting, this question has dominated national discourse. In order to gain important information, the FBI has pressured Apple to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. Apple unequivocally refused, claiming that backdoor

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Q&A: Are our phones and books hurting our eyesight?

Q&A: Are our phones and books hurting our eyesight?

Fifty percent of the world’s population may suffer from nearsightedness, or myopia, by the year 2050 according to a recent study authored in part by researcher Kovin Naidoo. Naidoo believes a change in our daily environments is driving this change.

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Smart Windows: A Future Possibility?

Smart Windows: A Future Possibility?

Imagine pressing a button that converts the window in your living room into a flat screen TV. This technology may seem straight out of a science fiction movie, but it could be possible in the near future. Kenneth Chau, an

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Hidden Galaxies: Looking beyond the Milky Way

Hidden Galaxies: Looking beyond the Milky Way

Have you ever wondered about galaxies far, far away? If you have, then you are not alone.   An international team of scientists recently discovered hundreds of hidden, nearby galaxies while surveying the region behind the southern Milky Way. Using

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Follow the Light: Bacteria in Motion

Follow the Light: Bacteria in Motion

The smooth green surface of a rock sits just below a pond’s surface. Its deceptively uniform green coating is teeming with life: algae, bacteria, and other microorganisms. They all depend on sunlight for energy and are constantly competing with each

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BPA-Free Isn’t Always Better: The dangers of BPS, a BPA substitute

BPA-Free Isn’t Always Better: The dangers of BPS, a BPA substitute

In the early 1950s, manufacturers began to use the compound bisphenol A—more colloquially known as BPA—as a strengthening agent in commercial plastics. It wasn’t until forty years later that researchers began to suspect that synthetic chemicals like BPA could disrupt

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Blast from the Past: Antibiotics Past and Present

Blast from the Past: Antibiotics Past and Present

With antibiotic resistance on the rise, researchers are frantically searching for ways to counter new bacterial “superbugs.” Instead of looking for new state-of-the-art solutions, researchers might have more success dusting off ancient medieval texts. Just last summer, scientists discovered that

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